Cowboys news: First cuts include George Iloka
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Cowboys’ first cuts include George Iloka

The Dallas Cowboys have made a bevy of roster moves on Friday to begin reducing their roster to 53 players. Among the team’s first set of cuts, the team decided to release veteran safety George Iloka, per Jon Machota of The Athletic.

Iloka signed with the Cowboys earlier in the spring and was expected to compete for a spot on the roster at strong safety. His time with Dallas is quickly coming to an end after just five months with the organization.

The veteran safety began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012 after being selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. With the Bengals, Iloka spent five seasons as one of the team’s starting safeties. In those five seasons, Iloka amassed 230 tackles, 32 pass deflections, and nine interceptions.

Following the 2017 season, Cincinnati decided to release their longtime safety ahead of the 2018 season. Shortly after his release, Iloka joined the Minnesota Vikings secondary.

The 6-foot-4 safety likely chose the Vikings due to having prior experience with head coach Mike Zimmer. During Iloka’s tenure with the Bengals, Zimmer was his defensive coordinator in 2012-2013. With the Vikings, Iloka appeared in all 16 games but started in just three of them. The former Bengals safety finished with just 16 combined tackles and a forced fumble.

Entering his eighth season in the NFL, Iloka should garner interest from other teams in the NFL in the coming days. As teams continue to make roster cuts ahead of Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline, there should be teams searching for a veteran on the backend of their secondary.