Who Dey Dish: Lions pursuing George Iloka
The Detroit Lions are one of the first teams to pursue George Iloka in free agency.
Rummaging through the internet to bring you latest news about the Cincinnati Bengals so that you don’t have to do it – this is your Who Dey Dish for Monday, February 29.
Report: Detroit Lions will pursue Bengals safety George Iloka in free agency (Cincy Jungle)
"It’s looking likely that the Bengals will let George Iloka hit the open market and whether or not they’ll be the team to re-sign him once free agency begins is the real question.Tuesday is the deadline for NFL teams to apply the franchise tag, and Cincinnati has shown nothing to suggest they’ll tag any of their players, including Iloka. He’s as viable of a candidate for the tag as any Bengal, but it looks like the Bengals are willing to let him hit the market when NFL free agency opens next Monday.According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Lions are one team who may pursue Iloka once free agency opens.“One free agent the Lions will make a play for when free agency opens next month is Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka. This is the smart move as Iloka is young (25), versatile and a great fit for the Lions’ defense. They’ll have competition for his services, however, especially if Eric Berry returns to Kansas City.”"
2016 NFL Franchise Tag salaries announced (Cincy Jungle)
"The 2016 NFL Salary Cap is set at a record $155.27 million, and with the league-wide cap number in place, official franchise and transition tag values have been announced by the NFLPA.To no surprise, quarterback leads the way with a $19.95 million cap hit for anyone choosing to tag their franchise signal-caller. The lowest tag cap hit comes at punter/kicker, but even that commands a sizable $4.5 million. The Ravens placed the tag on Justin Tucker last week, so he will take on that price tag for the 2016 season.As for the Bengals, it looks like safety George Iloka is the only viable candidate for the tag, but that would cost $10.8 million to use the tag on him. In other words, don’t expect the Bengals to use the tag on anyone before the deadline passes tomorrow afternoon."
Bengals prioritizing Marvin Jones and Adam Jones; Sanu likely gone (Cincy Jungle)
"The Cincinnati Bengals have some tough decisions to make this offseason with the number of key free agents they have.But to this point, there’s been few indications as to which free agents the Bengals are making the biggest priority to re-sign this offseason. You could make good cases for Marvin Jones, George Iloka, Reggie Nelson, Adam Jones or even Leon Hall to be near the top of Cincy’s wish list to lock up.Now, Bengals.com’s Geoff Hobson is reporting that Adam and Marvin Jones are the two guys Cincinnati are prioritizing to get re-signed.“But all signs are that the Bengals are going to go all out to re-sign their two most high-profile free agents in starting wide receiver Marvin Jones and starting cornerback Adam Jones when the games begin March 7,” Hobson writes."