Vikings set to have top safety pair with addition of George Iloka

Vikings set to have top safety pair with addition of George Iloka

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to sign George Iloka.

Iloka, 28, said he was caught "off guard" when the Bengals released him.

It should also be noted that Zimmer is familiar with Iloka's abilities and weaknesses, as the two spent time together in 2012 and 2013 when Zimmer was Cincinnati's defensive coordinator.

To review, last season Smith allowed a passer rating of just 22.0 when targeted, the lowest rating allowed by any safety, according to Pro Football Focus' rankings at safety for 2018.

Per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings will have cap space to sign Barr to an extension, even with the Iloka signing.

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Barr has been inconsistent throughout his career, but the Vikings are better with him than without him. "He called me on the phone and we spoke". "That's the business, and speaking with [Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer] made me comfortable".

One of those options is to move All-Pro Harrison Smith into a linebacker spot during certain situations and use Iloka and Sendejo as the two safeties.

"I think it will help some of the other packages we have", Zimmer said. He had 80 tackles and an interception last season. "This was a move to get as many good players as we can", Zimmer said. "I just want to come in and learn it as fast as I can and when called upon do what I have to do". "He became available, so I think we're fortunate". "Be a veteran presence, help the young guys as soon as I pick up the playbook, help them out as much as I can. They were on the brink of making it to the Super Bowl", Iloka said after his first practice, about five hours after boarding a plane for Minnesota.

Iloka said he expects to see his first action as a Viking when they face off with the Seattle Seahawks at US Bank Stadium on Friday night.

"I don't really need to dive into details", Iloka said.

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