Brian Banks gets another shot at NFL

Brian Banks

Linebacker Brian Banks signs his contract today with the Atlanta Falcons (photo via Jay Adams of

Linebacker Brian Banks, who was given a tryout with the Seahawks last year, is getting another chance to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL. This time, it’s with the Falcons.

Banks, who was exonerated after spending five years in prison, signed with the Falcons today and will participate in their offseason program.

“The kid will get a second chance that he deserves,” a team official said in a text.

NFL Insider Jay Glazer was the first to report the news this morning when he tweeted, “Gang, I’m reporting the best scoop I could ever report: my man FINALLY has his dream back: Falcons have just signed @BrianBanksFREE [Brian Banks]!!!!”

After passing his physical at the Falcons’ complex, Banks told Glazer, “Jay, I’m on Cloud 10, I passed Cloud 9.”

Banks’ road back into football began last offseason, when Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called and invited Banks to tryout. He was then invited back for the team’s minicamp in June, but not signed.

In between, Banks signed with the United Football League’s Las Vegas Locomotives, appearing in two games and making one tackle before the UFL suspended its season in October.

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