The National Football League trade deadline is upon us andit appears the Detroit #lions and Tampa Bay #Buccaneers have struck a deal that will send cornerback Johnthan Banks to Motown.

Detroit Lions-Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade details

The Lions will reportedly send a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Buccaneers in exchange for the cornerback, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Tampa Bay planned on waiving Banks prior to the deadline passing, however the Bucs were able to snag something for the disappointing corner, who is in his fourth season in the NFL.

Johnthan Banks' disappointing career

Drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, Banks has not lived up to expectations since joining the Bucs.

The 27-year-old got his career off on the right foot with 105 combined tackles and seven interceptions in his first two seasons, but started regressing badly in 2015.

Banks played in 14 games last season and didn't record a single pick, while also notching just 25 combined tackles. Those numbers weren't close to what the Bucs were expecting when the team invested such an important draft choice on the Mississippi State product.

Following that lackluster performance in his third year, the writing was on the wall that Banks wasn't long for Tampa and his playing time went south in 2016. The Bucs nearly waived him before a deal with the Lions was struck.

Why it makes sense for the Lions and Bucs

Sure, Banks isn't exactly a major difference-maker coming over, however he is better than what the Lions currently have on the right side in Nevin Lawson.

His style of play is also a better fit in Detroit's system.

The Lions currently rank 19th in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game. Despite his disappointing time in the NFL thus far, Banks should be an upgrade when lining up across from top corner, Darius Slay.

Clearly the Lions are making an effort to improve and compete after starting off 4-4.

Detroit is playing better than most expected and there is no giving up with the Lions right in the thick of things in the NFC North. The Lions last won in Week 7 in a thrilling last-second victory over the Washington Redskins, but suffered a defeat at the hands of the Houston Texans in Week 8.

Dealing Banks made even more sense for the Bucs.

He was on his way out the door anyway and now Tampa Bay gets a potentially viable asset in the form of a draft pick that will leave the organization with at least something to show for the failure that was Banks.

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