The loaded defense of the Minnesota Vikings is set to add even more firepower.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported Wednesday morning that free-agent security George Iloka is on his way to Minnesota and is likely to sign with the Vikings, informed of the decision by source.
Iloka was cut by the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer served as Bengal's defense coordinator during the first two seasons, giving him a level of comfort to add the veteran at this late stage.
Iloka started 16 matches for the Bengals last season, compiled 80 tackles, defended five passes and one pick. Pro Football Focus rated 2017 as the best season of Iloka, and safety only allowed a 68.4 passer-by rating compared to last year.
The 28-year-old safety can slide alongside All-Pro safety Harrison Smith. By linking Iloka to Smith, Minnesota would get a dynamic duo at the back. The versatility of the pairs would give Zimmer control flexibility to become creative in safety mode.
The addition of Iloka challenges the future of the sitting strong security Andrew Sendejo in Minnesota.
Iokka is upgrading an already strong Zimmer defense that has no visible weakness. Adding a starting safety of Iloka & # 39; s caliber to a stallion defense that Pro Bowlers already has at every level, is similar to throwing pieces of Oreo biscuit in your double chocolate-soft toffezas that is topped with sprinkles, chocolate chips, candied nuts , whipped cream, and four cherries.
With the movements of the Vikings this offseason to lock his in-house playmakers and to get talent from the street, one thing is obvious: signing Kirk Cousins for a massive deal did not require the dismantling of a dominant defense.