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The Cowboys are finally adding a veteran safety.

George Iloka, who spent last season with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to sources.

Iloka visited the Cowboys on Friday and came to an agreement on Saturday.

He was the third safety to visit with the Cowboys last week. Clayton Geathers came in on Monday and Eric Berry came in on Tuesday. Both left without deals.

Geathers re-signed with the Colts and Berry, a former Pro Bowler with the Chiefs who has injury issues that concern the Cowboys after playing just three regular games the past two seasons, is continuing to weigh his options.

Iloka started three games with the Vikings last season and could replace Jeff Heath at strong safety opposite free safety Xavier Woods.

Iloka, a harder hitter and sure tackler, has nine interceptions in 79 career starts.

More importantly, it has allowed the Cowboys to continue their plan of addressing trouble areas in free agency so they don’t have to force a need in the 2019 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys have signed defensive lineman Christian Covington and Kerry Hyder, receiver Randall Cobb and tight ends Jason Witten and Codey McElroy.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.

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