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CHIEFS AWARDED BANKS OFF WAIVERS, KC SIGNS FITZGERALD, JONES

Posted May 17, 2010

Kansas City is awarded one rookie off waivers and signs two more

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the club has been awarded rookie TE Leroy Banks via a waiver claim. Banks was waived by the Falcons after originally joining Atlanta as a rookie free agent. The team also signed rookie free agents DL Jeffery Fitzgerald and DB Andre Jones.

Banks (6-3, 243) played in 23 games in two seasons at Southern Mississippi, catching 34 passes for 462 yards (13.6 avg.) with four TDs. He began his collegiate career at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he recorded 62 receptions for 1,098 yards (17.7 avg.) with six TDs. He prepped at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee.

Fitzgerald (6-4, 280) played in 12 games at Kansas State in 2009, recording 40 tackles (24 solo), 10.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks (-67.0 yards), one INT, seven passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He played in 25 games in two seasons at Virginia, tallying 137 tackles (72 solo), 24.0 tackles for loss, 12.0 sacks (-64.0 yards), four INTs, seven PDs, three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He prepped at Hermitage High School in Richmond, Virginia.

Jones (5-11, 180) played in 47 games (41 starts) at Akron, working at both defensive back and wide receiver. The Washington, D.C. native compiled 183 tackles (119 solo), 4.5 stops for loss, a sack (-7.0 yards), four INTs, 10 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also posted 80 receptions for 1,231 yards with 11 TDs, in addition to 36 punt returns for 348 yards and 29 kickoff returns for 586 yards with a TD. Jones was an all-state selection as a senior at Forestville High School in Forestville, Maryland.

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