Chiefs reach out to exonerated LB

May, 30, 2012
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The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the NFL teams willing to give Brian Banks a shot 10 years after he last played football.

ESPN’s Rick Reilly reports the Chiefs called Banks about setting up a tryout. Banks, now 26, was a highly-prized USC recruit when he was convicted of sexual assault. He was recently exonerated.

Banks has resumed working out and he has expressed interest in exploring an NFL career. Count the Chiefs in on being interested.

Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli has never struck me as someone who is interested in novelties or participating in publicly stunts. If he is interested in giving Banks a chance to be a Chief, Pioli must think it is worth exploring.

There is no doubt the odds are against Banks making an impact in the NFL. But there’s little risk in giving him a chance.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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