Parting ways: Banks released by Blue Bombers | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League
Terri Flatt Staff

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced Thursday the release of veteran defensive back Korey Banks.

Blue Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea said on Sunday that Banks had requested his release, which led to the team placing him on the suspended list one day later.

"He wasn't willing to accept the role that we had for him for this week," O'Shea told reporters on on Sunday.

Banks was acquired January 31, 2014, in a trade with the BC Lions that saw non-import receiver Kito Poblah head to BC. He was injured during training camp, and was placed on the one-game injured list to start the season.

"I don't know that he was healthy enough coming out of camp and into Week 1. So Johnny Sears got reps at that spot, and we decided to go with Johnny for Week 1, and the result we had against Toronto, I don't think it was a really good idea to change our roster around," said O'Shea.

The 2013 season saw Banks register 46 tackles, three special teams tackles, one sack, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. A two-time Grey Cup winner, Banks has played in 163 regular season games, ten playoff games and two Grey Cups.



Fan Comments
als rule
I'm taking my football and going home!! what an attitude eh?!!
July 04, 2014 - 9:17am
Probably will end up with the riders, just like Geroy!
July 03, 2014 - 11:40pm
This was the guy who let it be known that because he was a veteran, he didn't need to go all out in training camp, and was saving himself for the regular season. A real leader!!
July 03, 2014 - 10:57pm
So much for providing veteran leadership. Pretty disappointing. Take your $60,000 bonus and go home, eh Korey?
July 03, 2014 - 7:53pm
As I said right from the day the BBs signed Banks, when Wally lets a player go, there is usually a good reason.
July 03, 2014 - 6:45pm