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May 23, 2013 @ 3:24 pm
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Bucs Sign Second-Round Draft Pick Banks, Only Glennon Left

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The Buccaneers announced on Thursday they have agreed to a four-year contract with second-round selection cornerback Johnthan Banks. With the signing of Banks Tampa Bay has now reached contract terms with five of six 2013 draft picks, with only QB Mike Glennon unsigned.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have signed 2013 NFL Draft pick CB Johnthan Banks to a four-year contract.   
Banks (6-2, 185) was selected in the second round (43rd overall) out of Mississippi State University, where he started 45-of-51 games for the Bulldogs, recording 221 tackles, 26 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, 4.0 sacks, one forced fumble and 16 interceptions, including three returned for a touchdown. His 320 interception return yards set a school record and rank fifth on the SEC all-time list, while his three interceptions returned for touchdowns are tied for the second-most ever in SEC history and tied for the most in school history. Banks also returned 30 punts for 289 yards (9.63 avg) and one touchdown.

As a senior, Banks was named the winner of the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the best defensive back in college football. He was also named first-team All-America by Walter Camp, was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and Conerly Trophy (Best College Football Player in the state of Mississippi), and a semi-finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (Best Defensive Player) and the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Trophy.

During his junior season, Banks earned second-team All-SEC honors from the Associated press and The NFL Draft Report, while also being named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. During his first season at Mississippi State, Banks was named Freshman All-SEC and earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors following the game against Florida, where he had interception returns of 100 and 20 yards for touchdowns.

A native of Maben, Miss., Banks attended East Webster (Maben, Miss.) High School,  where he was a three-sport star, helping lead the baseball team to two Class 1-A state championships, while also playing on the basketball team.

– From the Buccaneers Communication Department

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    Let the QB controversy start. Freeman better have a hot start. If Glennon shines in pre-season (which means nothing of course), then the Glennon watch will begin simmering. And, if Freeman gets off to a slow start, which is entirely possible, then the drumbeat for Glennon will get louder. They start with the Jets, New Orleans, New England and Arizona. Philadelphia and Atlanta. They could be 2-6 after that stretch. Not to say that a rookie QB should be in there, but it will create some good sports talk fodder.
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    Well, at this point, we have to sign Glennon. He is our backup QB. I happen to think he will be OK. Let's just hope Josh puts it all together this year and plays well. He did have a pretty spectacular stretch last year. Just need him to be more consistent this time around. i think with a year in the system he will improve. Even though he is not in the caliber of a Manning(Peyton), Brees or Brady, I think he is more than capable of getting us where we need to be. Heck, even Dilfer won a Super Bowl, and I think Josh is way better than Dilfer.
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    I'm with JG - couldn't care less if they sign Glennon. LOL
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    Now JonnyG; do you really want them to roll out Dan Orlovsky if Josh gets hurt? Of course some of these posters would probably cheer the injury like they did when QB Gary Huff went down back in 1977. They didn't even have the decency to wait until he was off with the medics.
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    Scu- I'm not a Glennon Fan it "might" be an upgrade over Orlvovski but I doubt it we'll see trying to stay positive
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    I don't even care if we sign Glennon, lol
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    Glennon will probably get paid more like a 2nd round pick. Glad that Banks is squared away.
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    Great news...
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