The 2016 season was a year of tumult for the 27-year-old Banks, as the former second-round pick spent time with three clubs. The team that originally drafted him — the Buccaneers — traded Banks to the Lions in November, but Detroit waived him just a month later. Banks stayed in the NFC North, however, as Chicago claimed him off waivers. All told, Banks — who offers good size at 6’2″ — played in nine games last season, and started two contests (both with the Bears).
Improving the secondary loomed a primary goal for the Bears heading into the offseason, and while Banks is likely being viewed as depth rather than a starting piece, Chicago has made other moves to bolster its defensive backfield this week. The club agreed to a one-year deal with cornerback Prince Amukamara, and also signed veteran safety Quintin Demps to a three-year pact. Additionally, the Bears have met with free agents Darius Butler and Marcus Cooper.
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