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Report: Cowboys signing safety George Iloka

George Iloka

The Dallas Cowboys are signing safety George Iloka, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Saturday. ESPN’s Todd Archer later confirmed that the deal is for one year.

Though nothing was set in stone after visiting with the team on Friday, the Cowboys ultimately chose to make Iloka the newest member of their defense.

They also met with Clayton Geathers, who inked a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, and free agent Eric Berry.

Iloka, 28, played one of his lesser campaigns for the Minnesota Vikings this past season, where he recorded 14 solo tackles and one forced fumble in 16 games.

The Cowboys’ need for a safety has been atop the list of priorities since the beginning of November. Their initial interest was in the most coveted player at the position on the free agent market in Earl Thomas, but he was swept up by the Baltimore Ravens over a week ago.

Iloka was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and had an encouraging first six seasons there as a result.

His tackling ability mixed with his coverage prowess should likely make him Dallas’ leading safety into the first few games next year.

George Iloka is entering his eighth NFL season with nine interceptions, three forced fumbles, and 244 solo tackles in his career.