The Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday are signing linebacker Brian Banks, who was exonerated last year in a California rape case in which he was falsely accused, a team source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

"The kid will get a second chance that he deserves," a team official said in a text Wednesday.

The news was earlier reported by Fox Sports.

Banks served more than five years in prison following a conviction a decade ago on rape and kidnapping charges. The woman later recanted her claim and offered to help Banks clear his name.

Banks was trying to land a spot in the NFL and got his first tryout with the Seattle Seahawks last year. He also received tryouts with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, and eventually took part in Seattle's minicamp last June.