Bucs get 2018 7th-rounder from Lions for CB Banks
A day after the Bucs had indicated they were waiving CB Johnthan Banks, they found a taker, getting a 2018 seventh-round pick from the Lions on Tuesday.
The Bucs didn't file the transaction with the league office on Monday -- head coach Dirk Koetter declined to address the addition of RB Mike James, even though his locker was hanging from a jersey in the locker room -- and by waiting until Tuesday, they found a trade partner. Detroit would have a chance to get Banks on waivers, but were at risk of a team with a worse record claiming him first as he went through waivers.
Banks had no choice over where he was landing either way, unless he had cleared waivers and only then become a free agent. The Bucs have had better luck under general manager Jason Licht with undrafted rookies than with seventh-round picks, but it allows them to get one more player near the end of the draft.
Banks will be reunited in Detroit with cornerback Darius Slay, who played with him in college at Mississippi State. Banks started 30 of 32 games in his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, getting seven interceptions, but the former second-round pick lost his starting job and was even inactive for the last two games.