By now I'm sure that almost all of us have herd Brian Bank's story. He was one of the country's top LB's coming out of high school, he was even offered a full scholarship by Pete Carroll at USC. But all that changed when he was falsely accused, and convicted, of kidnapping and rape. He did 5 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit before being acquitted of all charges.
Now the guy is 25 years old and is trying to get back into the game that he loved. He's earned a handful of try outs, including one with the Seahawks (seems like Carroll still felt like he owed the kid), but he hasn't been signed yet. He's also worked out for the Chiefs and the Chargers. Reports from all 3 camps is that, while looking very rusty, he did not look out of place. After almost 10 years, he's still unmistakably a football player.
Now let's all be honest, there's no way that Banks can show what he can do on a 2 or 3 day tryout. It's just not enough time for him to get back into football, so there's no way that he's going to beat out a kid that's 3 years younger and straight out of college. As much as it would be a great story, it's not going to happen. He's going to need a real shot, aka full participation in a minicamp in order to have a shot.
I say that if the reports of him not looking out of place, after spending more than 5 away from the game, are accurate, then maybe we should give him that shot as a member of our 90 man roster. Who knows, maybe with a full training program he'll actually impresses enough to earn a spot on our practice squad. (Let's be honest here, Banks making any team's 53 man roster is probably the biggest long shot of the off season.)
I think that not only would it be a great story (which also makes it a great PR move) but if the reports are accurate, and he doesn't mind competing for a shot at a PS spot (and why would he?) then there's nothing to lose.
So what do you think Bills fans, should the team give him a shot and add yet another great story to an already great off season?