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5 Things to Know About New Vikings Safety George Iloka

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:

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.

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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.

Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Denver. The Bengals won 20-17. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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.

Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) during the NFL regular season game against the New York Giants on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won, 21-20. (Ric Tapia via AP)

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.

Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) runs out to the field before an NFL Football game between Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

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.

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