The Texans cut Banks on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The Texans' secondary depth is relatively deep, which ultimately led to Banks being the odd man out. The 28-year-old logged 10 tackles (three solo) in three games with the team.
Banks signed a contract with the Texans on Wednesday. A second-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2013, Banks never met expectations during parts of four seasons with the Buccaneers, Bears and Lions. That said, at 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Banks brings intriguing size at cornerback and will offer some depth in the secondary with the Texans unlikely to have Kevin Johnson (knee) available for the next four to six weeks.
Banks (leg) will not suit up for Saturday's game against the Cardinals, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports. Banks played in nine games last season, recording just six tackles and one pass breakup for three different teams. He's currently competing for a role on special teams, but it is yet to be seen whether this injury will be a long-term issue.
Banks signed a one-year contract with the Bears on Saturday, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The 27-year-old bounced around last season, playing with three different teams overall. He finished the season with the Bears and has now re-upped with them for one more season. The recent signing of Prince Amukamara likely negates any chance Banks had at landing a starting role in the secondary. However, he could add value as a special teamer.
Banks hurt his ankle during Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Vikings. The nature of Banks' injury isn't clear. However, he'll be afforded plenty of time to recover with the Bears out of postseason contention.