Bucs waive former starting CB Johnthan Banks
Johnthan Banks, a former second-round pick and two-year starter for the Bucs, was waived Monday, having lost even the special-teams role he'd been relegated to this season.
Banks, who started 30 of 32 games in 2013-14, had lost his starting job and didn't play a snap on defense all season, limited to coverage units on special teams. In the Bucs' last two games, he'd been a healthy scratch and was inactive, and was waived Monday when the Bucs needed to sign RB Mike James for depth with starter Jacquizz Rodgers sidelined by a foot injury.
"Tampa it's been real," Banks wrote on his Instagram page on Monday afternoon.
Banks, a Thorpe Award winner at Mississippi State, had seven interceptions in his first two NFL seasons, but was benched during last season, returning as a starter for the final two games. When the Bucs drafted Vernon Hargreaves in the first round and signed Pro Bowl veteran Brent Grimes, he was left as a backup. There's a good chance he'll be claimed by another team and playing again soon.