Buccaneers sign cornerback Johnthan Banks

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The Buccaneers have signed second-round pick Johnthan Banks, the club said Thursday.

A cornerback from Mississippi State, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Banks is one of the new additions to a revamped Tampa Bay secondary. The Buccaneers traded their 2013 first-round pick to the Jets for cornerback Darrelle Revis, then used their top remaining selection (No. 43) on Banks, who notched 63 tackles and intercepted four passes as a senior for the Bulldogs.

Banks could contribute right off the bat for the Buccaneers, who have the makings of a very good cornerback corps if Revis comes back strong off an ACL tear and Eric Wright plays to his best form.

The signing of Banks leaves the Buccaneers with all but one draft pick — quarterback Mike Glennon — under contract, the club said.

13 responses to “Buccaneers sign cornerback Johnthan Banks

  1. I haven’t heard anybody address this yet. What’s the deal? Did the hospital screw up his birth certificate and leave the “a” out of his first name? I’m glad the Giants passed on this guy for this sole reason only. It would have driven me nuts.

  2. Last year, Tampa had a top run defense and the league-worst pass defense.

    So, they upgraded the DBs. Does that mean the defense will automatically be the tops in the league?

    Hardly. The run defense was good last year because the pass defense was bad.

    The DL is as durable as a wet paper towel. I’m not doing cartwheels and handstands because McCoy finished last season.

    2013 record: 7-9, 8-8, or 9-7.

    No one wants to acknowledge how much it set back this franchise to fire Gruden and hire Rah.

  3. modhairken- So you’re suggesting with both stud guards back healthy, both DE’s healthy, adding an All Pro safety and corner, offense and defense both with continuity of schemes, and the Thorpe award winner for best college corner all in play, they’ll have the same record or a 2 win improvement at best… The secondary lost 5 games for the Bucs last year. This should be at minimum a 10 win team.

  4. I think we have a chance to get to .500 this year! That would be a great improvement! Too bad we have the Falcons and Saints in our division!

  5. bucrightoff says:
    May 23, 2013 1:25 PM
    Its nice not having future furniture movers as your CBs, unlike last year.


    Furniture movers everywhere should be offended. At least they can carry their own weight unlike the CBs on the Bucs roster last year.

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