Antoine Bethea DB SF 4 Months

49ers signed S Antoine Bethea to a four-year, $26 million contract.

Bethea will be asked to step in and fill hard-hitting Donte Whitner's shoes. He's definitely capable, but isn't a bone-crushing hitter and is coming off a down year that saw him struggle in coverage. Still, the 29-year-old Bethea is a nice complement to second-year FS Eric Reid. He's an all-around player.

Antoine Bethea DB SF 4 Months

The Sacramento Bee is "hearing" free agent S Antoine Bethea is a "possibility" for the 49ers.

The Niners are trying to replace Donte Whitner. Bethea doesn't pack the punch of "Hitner," but is a savvy veteran who isn't a liability in any particular area. He's be a solid starter and strong mentor for sophomore FS Eric Reid.

Antoine Bethea DB SF 6 Months

ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells expects the team to prioritize re-signing free agent FS Antoine Bethea.

Having spent his entire career with Indianapolis, Wells considers Bethea the "backbone of the secondary." Bethea turns 30 before next season, but is still playing at a reasonably high level and the Colts lack a viable in-house replacement. Pro Football Focus gave Bethea a positive 2013 run defense grade, but considered him slightly sub-par in coverage. Bethea is Rotoworld's No. 4 free agent safety, behind Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, and Donte Whitner.

Antoine Bethea DB SF 6 Months

The Indianapolis Star reports free agent FS Antoine Bethea has expressed a desire to re-sign with the Colts.

This is our first blurb on Bethea in nearly four years. He's been the model of consistency. Bethea, 29, has produced over 100 tackles in five of the past six seasons and hasn't missed a game since 2007. He just wrapped up a four-year, $27 million contract and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 53 safety. He and SS LaRon Landry are similar players as in-the-box safeties, so it's fair to wonder if the Colts will opt to go after a centerfield-type free safety.