The Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday signed linebacker Brian Banks, who was exonerated last year in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused.
The kid will get a second chance that he deserves," a team official said in a text Wednesday.
The 27-year-old linebacker will participate in Atlanta's offseason workouts with a chance to resume his career. The Falcons have scheduled a conference call for Wednesday with Banks.
Banks served more than five years in prison following a conviction a decade ago on rape and kidnapping charges. The woman later recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name.