The Seahawks, as planned, gave Brian Banks a workout today, even after the NFL suspended the team from OTA’s for the rest of the week. After the workout, and interviews with the media, the Seahawks extended an invitation to next weeks mandatory minicamp, as a tryout.
“It’s going to take him some time, and our expectations need to be fitted to that,” Pete Carroll told reporters.
So far, it is unsure if he will attend, as NFL.com reports that he has also drawn interest from several other teams, including the Washington Redskins, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Newsone.com is reporting that if the NFL doesn’t work out for him, that the Arizona Diamondbacks have a job waiting for him.
Who is this guy? Brian Banks was accused of rape five years ago. After accepting a plea bargain, he was sent to jail, and served his time. After his accuser was caught on tape as saying she lied about it, Banks was exonerated. Standing at 6’4″ and weighs in at 225, Banks hopes to return to the position of middle linebacker. His assumed role in the NFL, on the chance he does make it, is to be an outside Linebacker.
Wearing a dark blue hoodie with a California plate that read “XONR8″ he addressed the media in Seattle.
“This is by far the second best day in my life. To be out here on this field, to workout with the Seahawks, to be given the opportunity to be given a tryout, it’s a dream come true,” Banks said.
Carroll told reporters after Banks Q and A that it’s a “remarkable circumstances, he was up against all odds, and he deserved a chance.”
Next weeks minicamp is the final before the end of July, when we actually will be able to see the Seahawks going full go without the NFL hindering their performance. Physicals will be given on monday, and the camp is scheduled to go on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Banks future can only get brighter with the opportunities that he has received. Here’s hoping his new-found freedom finds its home with Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks.