Another American defensive lineman gets signed by the Calgary Stampeders to add depth defensively.
Stefen Banks rejoins Calgary on a contract that was announced by the team on Wednesday.
Banks played four seasons at Savannah State and earned all-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference honors in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and All-American honors in 2017. In 41 career games, he recorded 226 tackles including 51.5 tackles for loss, 24.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, six pass breakups, and two interceptions.
Banks went undrafted by the NFL and went to mini-camp with the Cleveland Browns in 2019. He was a member of Calgary in February last year and was under contract with the Stampeders until February of this year. Banks joined The Spring League as he played for the Linemen this year. He played a part in helping the Linemen win the Mega Bowl Championship game.
Banks was added to the Stampeders after Tavaris Barnes was placed on the retired list on Monday. Chris Odom and Folarin Orimolade are expected to be the starters at defensive end for Calgary. The role Banks will most likely play will be at backup and might get a chance to be in the rotation. He will have stiff competition as six other Calgary defensive ends are fighting for roster spots. Banks proved in college that he was able to get to the quarterback. If he can take his Spring League experience and apply it to the CFL, Banks has a chance of making the roster.