By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Cincinnati Bengals will release safety George Iloka. According to reports, this was primarily a financial decision.
The move clears $5.3 million in cap space for the team.
Iloka was scheduled to make $4.8 million in base salary this season. He also had a $600,000 signing bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus for this season. In addition, Iloka also had a $300,000 workout bonus attached to his salary.
The Bengals will have a $2.1 million dead cap space. He previously signed a five-year, $30 million deal with the team that went into effect in 2016.
Cincinnati will also be responsible for a $1.2 million dead cap hit next season in 2019. And a $600,000 dead cap hit in 2020 from releasing the safety.
The 28-year-old, who has spent his entire career with the Bengals, has made 83 appearances. He has made 78 starts — missing just four games — since the 2013 season.
He has 230 career tackles with nine interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 32 pass deflections.
He was previously a fifth-round pick by the Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft. With the team, he’s appeared in four playoff games, including three starts. He had eight playoff tackles, and one fumble recovery.
Now with Iloka out of the picture, the team may use either Jessie Bates III, Josh Shaw, or Tyrice Beverette in the position, as they are the other free safeties on the Bengals roster. In addition, the Bengals could also wait to see who gets released by the other teams, before rosters are set and make a corresponding move to sign that player.
In addition, they could also potentially work out a trade for another free safety if they do not believe one of those three players are the answer going forward.