January 31, 2014

Veteran Presence: Bombers acquire Banks in trade with BC


CFL.ca Staff

WINNIPEG – Unable to come to terms before hitting the free agent market, Korey Banks is trading in his orange and black for blue and gold.

The Blue Bombers and BC Lions completed a trade Friday that would send the veteran defensive back to Winnipeg in exchange for non-import wide receiver Kito Poblah.

Banks is a ten-year CFL veteran, spending the last eight seasons with the Lions. Regarded as a shutdown defensive back, Banks has been a CFL all-star five times, a division all-star eight times and has nabbed 37 interceptions in his career – including 27 as an eight-year starter with the B.C.. He broke into the league in 2004 with the Ottawa Renegades.

The 2013 season  saw Banks conclude with 46 tackles, three special teams tackles, one sack, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

“Korey adds an immediate presence in our locker room, veteran leadership both on and off the field, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Bomber organization. We also wish Kito all the best in Vancouver and thank him for his contributions to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers,” said General Manager Kyle Walters.

Poblah was selected in the 2011 supplemental draft by Winnipeg. He dressed in 34 games over three seasons, catching 53 passes for 534 yards and one touchdown.

“We’re grateful for Korey’s contributions to our club and we wish him the best in Winnipeg,” said VP of football operations and GM Wally Buono.

Poblah joins the Lions after three seasons in Winnipeg where he has appeared in 34 career games. The Montreal native and Central Michigan grad was a supplemental draft selection by the Bombers in 2011 with his best numbers coming in 2012 recording 41 receptions for 417 yards and a touchdown.