"I called Brian Banks up. I talked to him on the phone," Shanahan told reporters. "I think when somebody goes through the situation that he went through, he deserves an opportunity to try out for somebody. Considering what he went through, just reading about -- I don't know him personally -- I called him up and said, 'We'd love to have you out.'
"We're going to have him out sometime next week, and then he'll work out and we'll see what type of shape he's in," Shanahan went on. "This kid deserves a chance."
The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Banks told ESPN.com's Rick Reilly he has been training since October.