Tomasson notes that part of the motivation for waiting likely rests in contract guarantees. “[S]alaries for vested veterans,” Tomasson explains, “become guaranteed for the season if they are on the roster through Week 1.” By signing George Iloka in Week 2, the Minnesota Vikings avoid needing to guarantee his contract. They could cut him at any time with essentially no dead money.
Backup safety has been a concern for the Vikings for a while. At TVG, we prefer Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but adding Iloka makes sense. He has great size and has familiarity with both Mike Zimmer and the Vikings. With Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris, the Vikings don’t need much from their backup. A veteran player who can provide steady leadership and play will go a long way in helping Minnesota succeed.
As we all know, the Vikings have a lot of work to do. Apart from Eric Kendricks, no one played particularly well on defense. Adding a backup safety – even one who ends up being a great addition – won’t make up for the various issues we saw on Sunday. Nevertheless, adding Iloka is a small step in the right direction.