The Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly made a shocking roster move a couple of weeks before the start of the 2018 season. The NFL Network is reporting that George Iloka is being released.
Iloka, a 28-year-old defensive back, has started every game he's played in since the 2013 season. The former Boise State star was a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. He's spent his entire career in Cincinnati.
The Bengals are reportedly making this move with purely financial motives, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
"A stunner: The Bengals are releasing starting safety George Iloka, per Mike Garafolo and me. He’s started every game he’s played in since 2013. Purely a financial decision, but a 28-year-old safety hitting the market at this point is good news for interested teams," he tweeted.
Garafolo had more details on the decision to release Iloka.
"Was due $5.3m in salary and roster bonuses this season. Few teams out there in need of safety help. Imagine he finds another job soon," he reports.
Iloka is a Houston, Texas native.
The defensive back 343 career tackles, along with 32 pass deflections, nine interceptions and two forced fumbles.
There will surely be several teams highly interested in signing Iloka as a free agent. He's been one of the most-consistent safeties in the league in recent years.
The Bengals have yet to officially announce the news. Stay tuned.