The Lions have made a move on deadline day, and it’s a move that hardly cost them a thing.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 1, 2016
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Banks in the second round of the 2013 draft, but he hasn’t exactly done much in the NFL. Banks was told on Monday that he would be cut from the roster, but the Bucs instead found a trading partner in the Lions.
In five games this season, Banks is yet to record a tackle. For his career, he has recorded 130 tackles, seven interceptions, and 16 pass breakups.
Banks and Darius Slay actually played together in college, both having attended Mississippi State University. Banks won the Thorpe Award in 2012 as the nation’s top defensive back. He and Slay played opposite each other during the 2012 season.
Slay was held out of Sunday’s contest with the Houston Texans, which has led to the Lions opting to bolster their depth at the position. Johnson Bademosi stepped in for the hurt Slay, and had a strong outing that included an interception late in the first half.