EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added to their secondary on Wednesday by signing safety George Iloka.
The 28-year-old who spent the past six seasons in Cincinnati, was released by the Bengals on Sunday.
The 6-foot-4 safety has played in 83 career games and has been to the postseason four times in his career.
Here are five things to know about the newest Minnesota Viking:
View images of vikings new S George Iloka from his days with the Bengals.
1. Zimmer ties
Iloka was a fifth-round selection by the Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer was Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator for Iloka’s first two seasons before Zimmer was hired by Minnesota in 2014.
2. Nine picks
Iloka has nine career interceptions and has at least one per season since he became a full-time starter in 2013. Iloka’s career high for interceptions in a season is three, which he accomplished in 2014 and 2016.
3. Career stats
Iloka, who has made 76 career starts, has two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. According to NFL.com stats, Iloka has 343 career tackles.
4. Boise Bronco
Iloka is a native of Houston who played four seasons in college at Boise State. He had seven career interceptions and 13.5 career sacks. The Broncos went 50-3 from 2008-2011 during Iloka’s time at Boise State.
*5. Familiar faces *
Besides Zimmer, Iloka will know a few other names on the roster. He played with Vikings cornerback Terence Newman for three seasons (2012-2014) in Cincinnati. Iloka and Vikings safety Harrison Smith were also on the same Senior Bowl team in 2012.