“Idk what they’re gonna do but I won’t put on headphones until 2021,” Banks tweeted.
When asked by a fan if Banks will return to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2021, the 32-year-old wide receiver said he will play his 2020 contract in 2021.
“No, I will play on my 2020 contracts in 2021… I would not do a large organization that has been behind me for 8 years like that. ”
TSN’s Matthew Scianitti reported that the Tiger-Cats would not comment on Banks’ apparent decision to skip a potential 2020 season. According to Scianitti, the team will let the ongoing negotiations between the CFL and CFLPA unfold.
“Hamilton won’t comment on this until we know something’s going to happen this year,” according to Scianitti.
The league has a self-imposed deadline of July 23 to change the ABCs for 2020 and beyond. Earlier this month, the league sent the players’ association a proposal for a six-game season in a central city, with Winnipeg currently the frontrunner, at prorated salaries.
Banks said in May he wouldn’t feel comfortable playing this year if a plan of action couldn’t ensure the players, and those in the CFL, would be safe.
“I don’t know what it’s going to take. I don’t know all the details of this virus and how you can keep the atmosphere safe, ”Banks said at the time.
“But, to be honest, for me to go play… without having to think about anything else, I want everyone to be safe.” ”
Banks was named Most Outstanding Player in the CFL last season after dominating the league with 112 receptions for 1,550 yards and 13 touchdowns while adding 283 yards and two touchdowns on missed returns.
The Kansas State product has spent his entire CFL career with the Ticates, as a catcher and kick returner. Banks was also named player of the special teams par excellence in 2015 and was named star player of the CFL four times (two in attack, two in special teams).