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Brian Banks to work out for 49ers on Monday

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Former USC Trojans recruit Brian Banks’ workouts around the league have all reportedly gone reasonably well, with the lone real negative being that Banks isn’t yet in football shape.

Banks took steps to fix that problem by working out with Jay Glazer of FOX Sports for the past two days. Per Glazer, Banks worked on “getting his hands going and grinding” ahead of a Monday workout with the San Francisco 49ers.

This guy’s will is impressive,” Glazer tweeted Saturday. In a conversation with Florio, Glazer added that Banks is “very physical. You can’t break him. He just needs time to get in shape and improve his stamina.”

The 49ers workout will be Banks’ fourth. He previously tried out for the Chiefs, Chargers, and Seahawks.

The Vikings and Redskins are also said to have some interest.

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37 Responses to “Brian Banks to work out for 49ers on Monday”
  1. bettis3636 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:03 PM

    There has to be a reason Pittsburgh hasnt kicked this kids tires…

  2. cjay12 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:06 PM

    hope a team can give him a shot in training camp

  3. morgan420 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    I’m glad to hear he’s having good success so far but to bad he hasent landed a deal. “Yet” id swoop in an just cut him a deal after teams let him work out an get in better shape so it makes our job easier

  4. mimitaroo says: Jun 16, 2012 8:13 PM

    Initially read the headline as Brianna Banks…

  5. ozinsd says: Jun 16, 2012 8:27 PM

    If the guy had any talent at all, I’d sign him just because he’d be so damn motivated.

  6. jessethegreat says: Jun 16, 2012 8:33 PM

    He deserves better than the 40-whiners.

  7. laxcoach37 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:35 PM

    It would be a great story and huge triumph for him, but as much as we Fans “think” we know stuff ( based on anonymous opinions) , we know nothing compared to real Scouts and Coaches. This guy has been out of competition for too long and no one will sign him. Even if they take a chance it will be for camp and the Practice Squad. Wish it were otherwise, but even Undrafted Free Agents were considered the Best of the Best in their HIgh Schools and Colleges. Bottom Line: if Pete Carroll wouldn’t sign him, no one will.

  8. gmen4life33 says: Jun 16, 2012 8:38 PM

    “There has to be a reason Pittsburgh hasnt kicked this kids tires…”

    Yea, just like there was a reason Pitt didnt kick Fosters or Cruzs (both undrafted FAs) tires…. Because if Pitt passes on a player that means they arent any good lol

  9. jayniner says: Jun 16, 2012 8:43 PM

    This kid could be the feel good story of the year….definitely a class act by the Niners to give him a shot….would love to see him in red and gold.

  10. gunndlewittlebaum says: Jun 16, 2012 8:52 PM

    That’s right, keep dangling that golden carrot. It’s not like this man hasn’t had enough let downs in his life. The young man should head-up North to the CFL and get back into ballin’ shape, then come back here and show us ‘what’s what’.

  11. folksaredumb says: Jun 16, 2012 8:57 PM

    That’s right, keep dangling that golden carrot. It’s not like this man hasn’t had enough let downs in his life. The young man should head-up North to the CFL and get back into ballin’ shape, then come back here and show us ‘what’s what’.

  12. braddavery says: Jun 16, 2012 9:02 PM

    Why didn’t Banks simply wait until he was actually in shape before working out with NFL clubs. I don’t see how rushing it is helping his cause. Get in shape, THEN work out for clubs? Make sense?

  13. sportsjoker says: Jun 16, 2012 9:13 PM

    I understand the Dallas Cowboys new approach to player acquisitions but I really would like them to at least give this guy a workout.

  14. sportsjoker says: Jun 16, 2012 9:16 PM

    braddavery | Jun 16, 2012, 8:02 PM CDT

    “Why didn’t Banks simply wait until he was actually in shape before working out with NFL clubs. I don’t see how rushing it is helping his cause. Get in shape, THEN work out for clubs? Make sense?”

    Tough to get in solid football shape when you’re not playing football. Working out with actual teams and NFL trainers is the only way he’s going to get back up to speed. If he shows good instincts and smarts some team will put him on their 90 man roster, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.

  15. seanb20124 says: Jun 16, 2012 9:17 PM

    Better idea for this kid is to go learn a trade like plumbing/HVAC. Can’t outsource those jobs.

  16. braddavery says: Jun 16, 2012 9:24 PM

    sportsjoker says:

    “Tough to get in solid football shape when you’re not playing football. Working out with actual teams and NFL trainers is the only way he’s going to get back up to speed. If he shows good instincts and smarts some team will put him on their 90 man roster, even if it’s for the wrong reasons.”

    Then why was he working with Glazer so recently? Shouldn’t he have done something like that FIRST instead of some last ditch effort because things aren’t working out so great.

  17. jason49er says: Jun 16, 2012 9:26 PM

    He lined up At ILB in Seahawks camp. Here in SF he’d have to beatout Gooden for the #4 ILB spot and he’s an important special teams player for us so I doubt it, but with Larry Grant playing out a restricted FRA tender in 2012 Banks could sit on the practice squad and replace him in 2013.

    Hopefully he does his best on Monday.

  18. jameslongstaffe says: Jun 16, 2012 9:28 PM

    If he can make an active roster, good for him:) But sitting on a practice roster for a couple years is not a good idea for a guy that hasn’t played football for ages. You have to play football to develop the skills that are only challenged in a game, & this is where an agent can potentially give you poor advice for what is best for the future. He needs to play, whether that is on special teams in the NFL or elsewhere.

  19. hulkhogansays says: Jun 16, 2012 9:50 PM

    Working out with J.Glazer brother? Really? Well anyways, as I said yesterday, just call RG3 and he’ll get you a spot brother.

  20. johanneschimpo says: Jun 16, 2012 10:10 PM

    That’s right, keep dangling that golden carrot. It’s not like this man hasn’t had enough let downs in his life. The young man should head-up North to the CFL and get back into ballin’ shape, then come back here and show us ‘what’s what’.

  21. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jun 16, 2012 10:18 PM

    I’ve heard nothing good about his skill and his ability. I’ve heard about his push, his drive, and his personality.

    Pete Carroll remarked that he looked lost and looked like the rest of the players who were being cut.

    He may be a good story but he’s…not…any…good.

    You can’t waste money on a player to get him caught up to the other players level. You’re wasting coaches time. If he needs to get into playing shape do it on his own dime. Get some former players or send him to a training facility where he can learn the game.

  22. ripster65 says: Jun 16, 2012 10:37 PM

    I really hope he gets his shot. He’s been seriously wronged and deserves at least a shot at his dream.

    Realistically, he’d have to be nothing short of Superman to crack that LB crew…

  23. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 17, 2012 12:09 AM

    Pete Carrol may still sign him. Why not let him work out for various teams, get practice, get reps, get intel, get to mingle with seasoned vets. Keep him off payroll and roster counts for a while. Give him a second audition, and sign him to the practice squad for a year. Yes, he’s not super young but he has no Pro-grade tred on his tires and he’ll be relatively cheap the first few years if not all of them…

  24. travelbavaria says: Jun 17, 2012 12:40 AM

    Give the guy a break. Fix him up with a dorm like housing enviroment, with food and some spending money, let him train with the team, then see what his progrees has been.

  25. JaminJake says: Jun 17, 2012 12:43 AM

    bettis3636 says:
    Jun 16, 2012 8:03 PM
    There has to be a reason Pittsburgh hasnt kicked this kids tires…

    _______________________

    Isn’t it obvious? You can’t have someone who rapes people playing with someone who was wrongfully imprisoned for rape.

  26. travelbavaria says: Jun 17, 2012 12:45 AM

    Give the guy a break. Fix him up with a dorm like housing enviroment, with food and some spending money, let him train with the team, then see what his progress has been.

  27. dnutty says: Jun 17, 2012 12:48 AM

    sf got to many stars gunna b like Miami suck one year ok next

  28. rmavs says: Jun 17, 2012 1:50 AM

    I want to know how it plays out legally for the girl that screwed his life!! Does she have to do 5 years for lying with another 5 years for being a liar applied to that!? With her lies, she stole 10 years of this guy’s life! I commend the owner of the Diamondbacks for offering him another option if his football dream dosen’t work out.

  29. 4evrnyt says: Jun 17, 2012 2:05 AM

    “Realistically, he’d have to be nothing short of Superman to crack that LB crew…”

    Even a team with a need at LB would only be signing him to a practice squad deal anyway. He’s never even played college football, he’s a p/s player for at least two years.

  30. staffordsyear says: Jun 17, 2012 2:24 AM

    Week 2 sunday nighter..lions 37,000 niners 6.

  31. msclemons67 says: Jun 17, 2012 2:33 AM

    I hope Banks gets a shot somewhere but I can’t see it happening on the 49ers. They are loaded at linebacker.

  32. savannahrose44 says: Jun 17, 2012 3:26 AM

    Banks has an open invitation to Seahawks training camp according to Pete. He’s joining SF OTA’s for some extra conditioning before camp starts at the end of July.

  33. cali49er707 says: Jun 17, 2012 10:54 AM

    staffordsyear says:
    Jun 17, 2012 2:24 AM
    Week 2 sunday nighter..lions 37,000 niners 6.

    —————————— ——————————

    what is the detroit cryin’s fans infatuation with the 9ERS??? are you still mad about us knocking you off your undefeated record season??or you still crying for your coach jim shorts handshake?? GET OVER IT!!!! worry about your division & the packers & bears OWNING YOU!!!

  34. realitypolice says: Jun 17, 2012 12:11 PM

    This is a great story and I hope it works out for him, but I have a technical question: I thought that no one could sign as a free agent until they had been draft eligible at least once. Of course, there’s no way he would have been drafted, but I thought the rule said you still had to pass through one draft first.

    Anybody clear that up for me?

  35. rdly49ers says: Jun 17, 2012 12:21 PM

    @dnutty ..ur name says it all miami lol ru kidding me .u can’t compare our coaches and our owner to ur miami coaches and owner ..lol what a joke …. Go Niners and stay off u haters ..

  36. whatevnfl says: Jun 17, 2012 1:21 PM

    @realitypolice I think it’s based on an eligibility clock – so either four or five years since you graduate from high school or enroll in college. That’s your draft year. If you’re not drafted, you become a free agent. Banks still had a draft year regardless of his personal circumstances. He “wasn’t selected” so now he’s a free agent and can sign with any team.

  37. walkingtalking1 says: Jun 17, 2012 4:38 PM

    This “feel good” story is getting really stale.

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