Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers sign draft pick Banks to 4-year contract
TAMPA - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reduced their number of unsigned 2013 draft picks to one on Thursday when they signed former Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks to a four-year contract. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Banks was the team’s first selection (43rd overall) in this year’s draft. He is expected to compete during training camp for a starting job in the revamped secondary. Tampa Bay traded its lone first-round pick to the New York Jets in the deal for cornerback Darrelle Revis. Quarterback Mike Glennon, the Bucs’ third-round selection, is the only unsigned member of the team’s 2013 draft class.Banks, the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation’s top collegiate defensive back, started every game for Mississippi State during his junior and senior seasons, recording 134 tackles, 16 pass breakups and nine interceptions. A team captain, Banks left the Bulldogs after starting 41 of 51 games and compiling 11.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, four forced fumbles, four quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery.
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