Falcons sign Brian Banks

Brian Banks

The Atlanta Falcons are taking a chance on linebacker Brian Banks, signing him to a contract on Wednesday.

Banks, who had tryouts last season with the Seahawks, Chargers and Chiefs, was exonerated last year after spending five years in jail and another five years on parole.

Last year, Banks ran the 40 yards in less than 4.7 seconds.

The Falcons defense ranked 24th in the NFL, allowing 365.6 yards per game.