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June 20, 2012
LB Banks leaves Santa Clara without a deal


Brian Banks, the recently exonerated linebacker, finished his three-day tryout with the 49ers today and is heading back to Southern California without a contract.

Banks didn't necessarily expect to be offered a deal. The 26-year-old only recently began to concentrate on recapturing a football career that was put on hold when he was accused of raping and kidnapping a classmate when he was 16. His alleged victim recanted her story last year, which led to Banks being fully exonerated May 24. He had served five years in prison and another five on probation and would have been registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Banks is working his way back in football shape and will resume training in Orange County. He's now had workouts with the 49ers, Seahawks, Chargers and Chiefs. Other teams have shown interest, but with most coaches and general managers on vacation, Banks does not have any workouts lined up in the near future. Neither Jim Harbaugh nor Trent Baalke, for example, were on hand this week for Banks' 49ers tryout.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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