The Cincinnati Bengals pretty much shocked the NFL world by releasing starting safety George Iloka on Sunday. The move comes after the 28-year-old Iloka started all 16 games in each of the past two seasons and has been Cincinnati’s full-time starting safety for the past five seasons.
A Texas native, it initially made sense that a Dallas Cowboys team with a need at safety might show interest in Iloka.
Now, according to ESPN’s Jane Slater, that’s reportedly come to fruition.
The #Cowboys are considering taking at look at veteran safety George Iloka per a source informed. The former Boise State player would be in good company with alums like DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford and Leighton Vander Esch currently on the roster. https://t.co/XMPn5oevDl
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 19, 2018
To be clear, Iloka would be a tremendous upgrade for Dallas at both safety positions. He recorded 79 tackles, five passes defended and one interception last season.
Off the field is where it becomes a bit more tricky. We already know Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ stance on the national anthem protests.
For his part, Iloka has been critical of both the NFL’s new rules governing protests and President Donald Trump.
— Keenan Singleton (@KJMSingleton) September 25, 2017
We’re not too sure Iloka is a fit in that regard, especially given that Dallas has shown no interest in free agent Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid.
It’s an issue for both sides. Iloka has been outspoken in this regard. And if Jones’ avoids him simply because of that, it could act as a detriment to the team in the long run.