Report: Vikings expected to sign George Iloka

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The Vikings’ defense is about to add a veteran who should make an immediate impact.

George Iloka, the safety who was cut by the Bengals this week, is on his way to Minnesota and expected to sign with the Vikings, according to NFL Network.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was the Bengals’ defensive coordinator for Iloka’s first two seasons in Cincinnati, so there’s a comfort level between them, and a belief that Iloka can get up to speed in Minnesota quickly.

Iloka started all 16 games last season for the Bengals and should be able to start in Minnesota as well. In Minnesota Iloka would likely be the starting strong safety, and pairing him with starting free safety Harrison Smith would give the Vikings one of the best safety combos in the league.

62 responses to “Report: Vikings expected to sign George Iloka

  1. Good move. They are rebuilding for the return of Rodgers. Don’t let anybody tell you different.

  2. “In Minnesota Iloka would likely be the starting strong safety..” It gets very crowded in the Viking secondary if this report is true. Given Andrew Sendejo’s contract, my guess is the Vikings end up trading him if they sign Iloka. Didn’t see this one coming.

  3. Ship Sendejo to Green Bay. He’d be a major upgrade over what we have now. Was really hoping the Packers would sign Iloka, instead he goes to a division rival.

    Cubs get Daniel Murphy too. Bad day for Wisconsin sports, good day for our rivals

  4. stellarperformance says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:20 am
    Good move. They are rebuilding for the return of Rodgers. Don’t let anybody tell you different.
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    Rebuilding from what? They are returning pretty much every starter from last year….and the Vikings have one 4 out of the last 5 against GB…Rodgers only missed one of those games, so I think Zimmer’s defense has been doing just fine against him…

  5. I said it right after he got released by the Bengals. He was released for cap reasons, not production. He and Smith will complement each other perfectly. Sendejo will likely be traded now for OL help.

  6. Wishing Iloka the best. Happy to see him land somewhere competitive, and with a competent head coach. I’d imagine that will be weird for George.

  7. stellarperformance says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:20 am
    Good move. They are rebuilding for the return of Rodgers. Don’t let anybody tell you different

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    Nope, its the strong drop off at safety after Sandejo. Did you see what happened in the Divisional round of the playoffs when Sandejo was injured in the 3rd quarter? What about when he played int he NFCCG injured. Anthony Harris is in trouble.

    BUT here we have a Packer fan on a Vikings article trying to make it about the Packers. Per usual. Don’t let anybody tell you differently.

  8. sandejo isn’t a scrub, he’s pretty scrappy. That pick against brees was a thing of beauty. Carter is pretty good and would start on at least half the teams in the league. Kearse is still a potential monster because of his size.

    Sandejo must be trade bait or maybe getting released because of his contract. Hopefully a trade for a guard.

    Overall holy crap the Vikings secondary has never been this deep and this good.

  9. As a Raider fan I was hoping he’d be wearing Silver & Black this year. I love his style of play and I think that makes a scary Viking Defense even more so. Great pick up and best of luck Iloka!

  10. Interesting. Can’t say I know much about the guy. I know Zimmer likes Sendejo and I thought he played really well last year. I wonder if they plan to rotate them because I can’t imagine Sendejo has too much trade value.

  11. @fwippel – I’m with you, this is a little shocking to me. By all accounts they team has said they love Sendejo, and Harris and Kearse seemed to have progressed very well too. My hope is this move allows them to make a trade that will add some O-line depth or LB death.

  12. Wow! Excited to see what he will bring! Hope the chemistry will be there! This defence just got even better now! Nothing against what it has been!

  13. stellarperformance says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:20 am
    Good move. They are rebuilding for the return of Rodgers. Don’t let anybody tell you different

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    Have to agree with you on this one. The Vikings are built for defense, their offense won’t have to score more than 17 points a game to win. The packers are built for offense, they will have to score more than 30 points a game to win. Should be a fun season in the NFCN.

  14. defense wins championships, unlike packers pathetic defense getting torched every time and their pathetic qb Rodge breaks his soft collarbone. This Vikings defense could be better than the 2000 Ravens where they don’t need offense to score many points.

  15. Theadvent says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:26 am
    Philly lost Blunt in FA, so I guess we’ll have to settle for watching Ajayi run over this guy for the touchdown.

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    I’m sorry, Jay Ajayi is not that good.

  16. As a Bengals fan, I can tell you guys in MN that you’d be really luck to get him. Solid role player who flashes at times, and stays healthy. Best of luck, Vikes!

  17. I guess they think he’s an upgrade at S, but their problem is on the O line, which they have completely ignored. They look like the Seahawks, who have been doing the same thing for years. I guess it shows how little confidence they have in their pricey journeyman QB.

  18. I honestly don’t think he will take over the starting safety spot. Zimmer was just saying he needs linebackers. Ikoka is 6’4 225 and could easily convert. I see him coming in on 3rd down and covering TE and RB playing close to the line of scrimmage as an LB/Safety hybrid.

  19. Viking fans always talk about how great everybody on their roster is. If that were true, nothing was gaining by signing this no name. The rich??? Hahaha…you guys a pure delusional.

  20. vargavarga says:

    August 22, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Viking fans always talk about how great everybody on their roster is. If that were true, nothing was gaining by signing this no name. The rich??? Hahaha…you guys a pure delusional

    …………………………………………

    Yeah, I mean they weren’t the number 1 ranked defense last year or anything… Right??

  21. With the way the Helmet rule is, and Sandejo playing style…. this is just pure gold!

    Depth is key, and we finally have good depth at our safety position.

  22. joco45215 says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:21 am
    Well Iloka was really good when he had a ball hawking eraser next to him….

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    That should work out perfectly then, since he’s probably going to be playing opposite of Harrison Smith now.

  23. vargavarga says:
    “Viking fans always talk about how great everybody on their roster is.”
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    Not really. But, this signing is being praised by other fans of other teams, mocked by others because of the fear Ilocka brings, & really does add to the defense.
    I imagine your favorite team would be disappointed in you because of your half-hearted ballyhoo of support.

  24. packertruth says:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:47 am
    Bengals cast-offs off the street can come in and start on this sorry defense…
    Cast off? He was cut for cap room. Sendejo will be a liability with his style of play. He loves violent hits and the new rules will get him flagged.

  25. rho1953 says:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:44 am
    I guess they think he’s an upgrade at S, but their problem is on the O line, which they have completely ignored. They look like the Seahawks, who have been doing the same thing for years. I guess it shows how little confidence they have in their pricey journeyman QB.

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    Journeyman QB? You do realize this is only his second team, right? I wouldn’t really consider that “journeyman” status yet.

  26. “Viking fans always talk about how great everybody on their roster is. If that were true, nothing was gaining by signing this no name. The rich??? Hahaha…you guys a pure delusional.”
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    No name?? Son…you just highlighted your ignorance for all to see.

  27. Theadvent says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Philly lost Blunt in FA, so I guess we’ll have to settle for watching Ajayi run over this guy for the touchdown.
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    Don’t worry, some other team will GIVE you their Pro Bowl RB mid season so you can win it all again. Don’t tell me Ajayi wasn’t worth one win, the difference between home field advantage and not.

  28. rho1953 says:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:44 am
    I guess they think he’s an upgrade at S, but their problem is on the O line, which they have completely ignored. They look like the Seahawks, who have been doing the same thing for years. I guess it shows how little confidence they have in their pricey journeyman QB.

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    To the contrary, takes a little pressure off the offense really. Get a couple of scores on D or field position off a turn over. Any offense works better with a short field! Everybody has a problem with their O line right now not just the Vikings with pre season injuries. Cousins can’t help what the market is for QBs right now. I have every confidence in Cousins as a QB, the Vikings play as a “team” and do not depend on one person to win other games for them. The best defense I have ever seen was the 85 Chicago Bears, not saying The Zim Reapers are that good but the Bears D would set the offense up with a short field. Jim McMahan was an average QB, he never threw for more than 2500 yards in a season. He won a Super Bowl

    Cousins has thrown for over 4,000 the past three seasons with average WRs and TEs. He now has one of the top duos at WR in the NFL, excellent RB in Cook and the vet Tay Train, TE Rudy, I’ll take my chances with a team and not an individual. Vikes are built for defense and they are gonna ride that to win games. I will say this if Minnesota gets up on your team by 14 points with that D the game could be over and should be over.

  29. stellarperformance says:
    August 22, 2018 at 8:20 am
    Good move. They are rebuilding for the return of Rodgers. Don’t let anybody tell you different
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    It looks like cheese eaters are still upset Mike McCarthy called this a year one rebuild for the Packers. Their trolls think Vikings fans will somehow be upset by them saying the Vikings are rebuilding. Silly trolls.

  30. Harrison Smith in nfc Championship game looked so bad. Not a first team safety. Zach Ertz owner him and dougie p too. Might want to tell Ben Leber his idiotic comments were thoughtless. Homer

  31. packertruth says:
    August 22, 2018 at 9:47 am
    Bengals cast-offs off the street can come in and start on this sorry defense

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    Whatever dude. If the Vikings defense then I don’t even know how to describe the Packers defense.

    This dude who might be our third Safety….is better than almost all your safies except for maybe Ha ha Clinton dix. There are several packer fans who have commented they wished the Packers signed him.

    He was a pro bowl safety when Zimmer was his coach and now he gets to pair up with arguably the best safety in the NFL…Harrison Smith. Feel free to rip our offensive line….but this defense has gotten better and it already was a top unit.

    Also he was cut due to cap issues.

  32. deepdawg says:
    August 22, 2018 at 11:34 am
    Harrison Smith in nfc Championship game looked so bad. Not a first team safety. Zach Ertz owner him and dougie p too. Might want to tell Ben Leber his idiotic comments were thoughtless. Homer

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    Harrison Smith the #1 ranked safety by pro football focus in not a first team safety because he played bad in one game out of what otherwise has been a solid career?

    Get real. He’s a better safety than all the safeties on the Eagleals. Why can’t Eagles fans and players just enjoy the Super Bowl win and stop being annoying humans and stop talking.

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