The Detroit Lions will be plucking the Cincinnati Bengals receiver Marvin Jones from free agency, but it appears they won't get their hands on another Bengals player. Cincinnati is close to re-signing safety George Iloka, according to Ian Rapoport.
Iloka was one of the Lions' biggest free agent targets. Detroit will be moving on from James Ihedigbo this year, and there hasn't been any progress on re-signing the Isa Abdul-Quddus. That leaves a giant hole on the roster next to Glover Quin.
But it appears the Lions won't be fixing that problem with their No. 1 option. If the Lions choose not to re-sign Abdul-Quddus, there is little market outside of Iloka. Other possible targets include the Rodney McLeod, Chris Conte or the aging Eric Weddle.
With so little targets available, the Lions may be forced to enter negotiations with Abdul-Quddus, even though it appears Detroit has had little interest in signing him. Or the Lions could opt to fill the need in the NFL Draft. Whatever their plans are, it does not appear to include Iloka any longer.
Here are the projected terms on Iloka:
George Iloka's new deal with #Bengals will make him a top-10 safety in terms of average per year, per source. Roughly $6M per.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 9, 2016
Seems affordable, but perhaps Iloka was just not interested in what Detroit was pitching.
It's a done deal. Iloka is staying with the Bengals:
Bengals are giving S George Iloka a 5-year, $30 million deal that includes $18M over first 3 three years.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016