CINCINNATI -- The Bengals released six-year safety George Iloka Sunday in surprise move that saves them money and opens the position for second-round draft choice Jessie Bates III.
Gotta think the Iloka move is less about him and more about Jessie Bates and the Wake Forest 2nd rounders developement. Like someone told me, don't draft him that high to sit. Needs the reps to develop. @WCPO
The Cowboys might be interested in picking up Iloka, according to NFL Network's Jane Slater. The Vikings and Raiders, teams with former Bengals defensive coaches, could be landing spots, too.
WCPO's Keenan Singleton said Iloka had a positive impact on and off the field and will be missed by players and media alike.
Bengals lose a starting safety, us Cincy media folk lose a thoughtful, unique mind that was always probed for a deeper understanding of a range of topics. And the man kept some Louisiana hot sauce in his locker. How can you not respect that?
The Bengals drafted Iloka, 28, in the fifth round in 2012. The 6-4, 225-pound safety racked up 54 tackles and an interception for the Bengals last season.
Iloka played in 83 regular-season games with 76 starts for the Bengals over the past six seasons. His career totals include nine interceptions, 34 passes defensed and 340 tackles, according to the Bengals.