Bengals Offseason List: Part Two Free Agents

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (12) and wide receiver Marvin Jones (82) against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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5. Safety George Iloka

Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) takes the field prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) takes the field prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

One thing is certain is that Iloka is going to get paid. Experienced 6’4″ 225lb 25 year old safeties are hard to come by in free agency and teams will be looking to spend. Iloka, a former 5th round pick, worked his way into the starting lineup and has graded out positively from Pro Football Focus. With that being said, I think some Bengals fans are left wanting more from Iloka who only picked off five passes in his four seasons with the Bengals and forced two fumbles. Iloka is a good tackler and a physical presence in the back end of the Bengals secondary, but some team is going to throw a crazy contract his way come free agency.

Recommendation: Let Iloka sign a big deal somewhere else, and collect another compensatory pick.  I like Iloka as he has the size, speed, and potential to be a Pro Bowl player, but how much do you pay for potential?

Projected Signing Team: The Minnesota Vikings and Mike Zimmer will make a big push to sign Iloka and put him next to Harrison Smith. I think it comes down to them or the Miami Dolphins where new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, much like Hue Jackson in Cleveland, will be fishing for talent off the Bengals roster.

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