Safety George Iloka has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $30 million over five years.
Bengals are giving S George Iloka a 5-year, $30 million deal that includes $18M over first 3 three years.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Iloka, 25, had 47 tackles and an interception with four pass breakups across 12 games in 2015. For his career, Iloka has 189 tackles and five interceptions and has been a key member of the Bengals’ secondary since being drafted out of Boise State in 2012.
And Iloka can now expect his role in the defense to increase, especially since fellow safety Reggie Nelson is expected to depart in free agency. Playing alongside 2013 third-round pick Shawn Williams, Iloka can easily continue the hard-hitting nature that has become Cincinnati’s defense under coach Marvin Lewis.
It should also be noted that the Bengals brought back Iloka at an absolute steal of a price. $6 million a year is a great deal for someone 25 years old and only just beginning to gain momentum in their NFL career.
Thus, don’t be surprised if a name you hear a lot out of Cincinnati next season happens to be George Iloka.
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