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Surprising NFL move as ex-Boise State safety George Iloka gets cut; Scandrick finds new team

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns (17) makes a catch in front of Cincinnati Bengals defensive back George Iloka (43) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Allen Hurns (17) makes a catch in front of Cincinnati Bengals defensive back George Iloka (43) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) AP

After starting in 76 games over the last five seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, former Boise State standout George Iloka is hitting the free agent market.

In a surprising move, the Bengals let go of the veteran safety Sunday, which has been described as primarily a financial decision. His rookie contract ended after the 2015 season, but he resigned with Cincinnati in March 2016 on a five-year, $30 million deal. He was set to make $4.8 million this season.

A fifth-round pick of the Bengals in 2012, he set a career-high with 80 tackles last season. He has nine career interceptions.

Iloka tweeted after his release, “Thankful for the opportunity Cincinnati. To my former teammates, best of luck and stay healthy, you guys have something special brewing there.”

In other former Boise State player news, veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick, released by Washington on Tuesday, signed with the Chiefs on Sunday. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported it is a one-year, $1.5 million deal for the 11th-year veteran.

From the Cowboys to the Eagles, these Boise State players worked hard and earned spots on NFL rosters.

BOISE STATE PLAYERS ON NFL ROSTERS

RB Jay Ajayi, No. 26 Philadelphia Eagles

LB Kamalei Correa, No. 51 Baltimore Ravens

DL Tyrone Crawford, No. 98 Dallas Cowboys

CB Donte Deayon, No. 38 New York Giants

S Chanceller James, No. 43 San Francisco 49ers

DE Demarcus Lawrence, No. 90 Dallas Cowboys

OT Charles Leno Jr., No. 72 Chicago Bears

RB Doug Martin, No. 28 Oakland Raiders

RB Jeremy McNichols, No. 33 San Francisco 49ers

CB Jonathan Moxey, No. 25 Arizona Cardinals

OL Rees Odhiambo, No. 70 Seattle Seahawks

C Matt Paradis (Council High), No. 61 Denver Broncos

CB Orlando Scandrick, Kansas City Chiefs

CB Jamar Taylor, No. 28 Arizona Cardinals

S Darian Thompson, No. 27 New York Giants

LB Leighton Vander Esch (Salmon River High), No. 55 Dallas Cowboys

LB Tanner Vallejo, No. 40 Buffalo Bills

WR Cedrick Wilson, No. 16 Dallas Cowboys (injured reserve)

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