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01 November 2016

BUCCANEERS TRADE CB JOHNTHAN BANKS TO DETROIT; SIGN RB MIKE JAMES

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the trading of cornerback Johnthan Banks to the Detroit Lions. The team also announced the signing of running back Mike James.
 
Banks was traded to Detroit in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. He played in 50 games for Tampa Bay (2013-16), with 37 starts, totaling 130 tackles, 16 passes defensed and seven interceptions.
 
James (5-10, 223) was originally drafted by the Buccaneers in the sixth round (189th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent this past offseason and preseason with Tampa Bay, before being waived (injured) on September 14. He was signed to the Detroit Lions’ practice squad on October 3 and was released on October 25. In three seasons with the Buccaneers (2013-15), James played in 20 games, with three starts, rushing 79 times for 332 yards and catching 11 passes for 38 yards. He will wear No. 25 for Tampa Bay.
 
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