Cowboys To Sign George Iloka

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent safety George Iloka, ESPN’s Todd Archer reports [Twitter link]. 

Expected to be in on the Earl Thomas sweepstakes, the Cowboys instead opted for the versatile Iloka, who is capable of playing both safety spots. Iloka marked the third safety to visit with the team this offseason, after Clayton Geathers, who rejoined the Colts, and former Chiefs All-Pro Eric Berry.

Archer mentions the Cowboys are concerned about their depth at the position, which Iloka’s ability to play both positions will greatly impact. It remains to be seen if Iloka will wrestle a starting spot away from either Jeff Heath or Xavier Woods. Iloka also caught the Cowboys’ attention this past offseason before he decided to sign with the Vikings after beginning his career with the Bengals.

A longtime starter in Cincinnati after being tabbed with a fifth-round pick in 2012, Iloka transitioned into a reserve role in 2018 with the Vikings, where he registered 16 tackles and a forced fumble. During his run with the Bengals, the Boise State product registered nine interceptions and made 446 tackles in six seasons.

One-year deals are the theme of the offseason for the Cowboys, who have now added Iloka to Randall Cobb, Kerry Hyder, Christian Covington, Cameron Fleming, Tavon Austin and Jason Witten among players who have taken a one-year offers.

Iloka continues the Cowboys recent fixation with Boise State products. He joins defensive linemen Tyrone Crawford and Demarcus Lawrence, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore to play for the Broncos.


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  1. TheTruth12

    AHAHAHAHA I’m actually crying from laughing so hard, I said this on the Eric Berry article but it works here too imagine thinking you’re gonna be getting Earl Thomas and ending up with Iloka. That’s hilarious!
    Before anyone says anything yes I am Cowboys hater, the Cowboys are the glorified version of the Bengals incompetent FOs, have or in the Bengals case had a incompetent HC, both have bad histories with players, and both incredibly mediocre. This Cowboys team had to start its starters in a meaningless game against the Giants to win their 10th game. They’re a joke and should no longer be “America’s team” America can do much much better

  2. Hannibal8us

    I was excited when the Vikings signed him but he did literally nothing. If your old coach who coached you during your best years in Cincy (Zimmer) doesn’t think you should see the field maybe you’re at the end of your career.

    • cka2nd

      Actually, they only overlapped in Cincy for the first two years of Iloka’s career, and Iloka missed nine games and played zero defensive snaps as a rookie. I’m surprised Iloka didn’t play more for the Vikes, too, but Anthony Harris had taken hold of the SS job with both hands, and Jayron Kearse finally seemed to make an impact on D, playing a hybrid LB/S role and even getting some snaps in the slot, I think. Still, I wouldn’t write the end to Iloka’s career just yet. Lots of guys bounce back from a down year.

  3. Doesn’t seem worth forfeiting the 5th round comp pick they were in line for, but maybe they can pull a Deonte Thompson and cut him or Covington before Week 10 if they’re not serious contributors by then…

    • That’s probably exactly what the brass is hoping so Heath can go back to being a full-time special teams player.

    • Wellthisshouldbeinteresting

      That’s a great plan. Heath is great on special teams and as a backup, just not as a starter. The X-Man will make some strides this year, too.

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