Lions Waive RB Justin Forsett & CB Johnthan Banks


The Detroit Lions announced that they’ve waived RB Justin Forsett and CB Johnthan Banks and promoted WR T.J. Jones to their active roster.

Forsett, 31, was actually among the team’s roster cuts coming out of the preseason but he later signed a nearly identical contract with the Ravens right before the start of the regular season. He received a two-year, $6 million contract from the Ravens but was released during the season.

The Ravens will still owe Forsett his $3 million base salary because he’s a vested veteran who was on their roster to open the year.

The Lions later signed Forsett to a contract back in October.

In 2016, Forsett has rushed for 136 yards on 44 carries (3.1 YPC) to go along with 13 receptions for 51 yards receiving and no touchdowns.

Banks, 27, was originally drafted in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $4.726 million rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $849,498 for the 2016 season.

The Buccaneers traded Banks to the Lions in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft last month, making his stay in Detroit short-lived.

In 2016, Banks has appeared in six games and recorded two total tackles.

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