ATLANTA (AP) — Brian Banks signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday after the former Southern Cal recruit’s football dream was derailed when he was convicted of rape and kidnapping charges a decade ago.
The linebacker will participate in Atlanta’s offseason workouts with a chance to resume his career. Banks, 27, has been trying to get back into football since he was cleared on May 12, 2012, of a rape conviction.
The Falcons are the first NFL team to sign Banks, but he has had chances with other teams. He took part in the Seattle Seahawks’ minicamp last June following workouts with Kansas City and San Diego. He had one tackle in two games with Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League (UFL).
Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Banks also worked out for the Falcons last year.
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