Despite an invitation to next week’s minicamp in Seattle, linebacker Brian Banks isn’t waiting to see if the man who once recruited him to USC will be offering him a contract. Per U-T San Diego, via ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson, Banks will continue to try out for other teams.
The process started Friday in San Diego, where Banks tried out for the Chargers. Coach Norv Turner opted not to offer Banks a job, but Turner said of the man who spent five years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, “I certainly would not bet against him.”
Per Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego, Banks will try out for the Chiefs before the Seahawks minicamp. The Redskins, Vikings, and 49ers still want to take a closer look at the man who hasn’t played football in nearly a decade.
In an inadvertent homage to Rocky Balboa, Banks declared that the invitation to compete for a roster spot at the Seattle minicamp was, behind getting out of prison, the “second-best day of my life.” We’ve got a feeling that, if/when he gets signed to a roster, there will be a new No. 2.
Possibly a new No. 1.
Regardless of how it turns out, a lot of people are rooting for Brian Banks. We are, too.