Donte Whitner DB CLE 7 Days

Whitner collected 10 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

The Cleveland run defense was repeatedly gashed in Sunday's loss, as Houston running backs were able to get to the second level with relative ease, setting up Whitner to log his second highest tackle total of the season. Karlos Dansby -- the Browns' leading tackler heading into Sunday -- is currently scheduled for an MRI on his knee, and if the results aren't favorable, Whitner may see additional opportunities to rack up high tackle totals moving forward.

Donte Whitner DB CLE 20 Days

Whitner recorded eight tackles (five solo) and his first interception of the season in Sunday's victory over the Buccaneers.

Whitner had been quiet in the turnover department for most of the season, but after forcing a key fumble last week against the Raiders, and picking off a Mike Glennon pass in Week 9, his name is back on the IDP radar. The 29-year-old safety also forced a fumble in the contest, but it ended up being negated by a penalty. Whitner remains one of the key leaders of the Cleveland defense, who will continue to look to him when a big play needs to be made.

Donte Whitner DB CLE 2 Months

Whitner racked up seven tackles (five solo) in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Whitner was able to lead the Browns in combined tackles despite a run-heavy Baltimore offensive attack. It's the second time this season that the 29-year-old has done this, making him a serviceable IDP option from the safety position.

Donte Whitner DB CLE 3 Months

Whitner tallied 13 combined tackles in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Whitner saw frequent opportunities to bolster his tackle total, as Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell was able to get to the second level several times Sunday. The safety hadn't eclipsed 83 total tackles during his last three seasons with the 49ers, but the potential is there, as he totaled 140 tackles (96 solo) in 2010 with the Bills. If he's able to produce like this consistently, Whitner could turn out to be a sneaky IDP play, especially in leagues that requires starting DBs.

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Browns SS Donte Whitner has opted against changing his last name to "Hitner."

It's a slow news day to say the least. Having to change his name on car titles, mortgages, and other legal documents is the reason Whitner provided for sticking to his birth name. "All for one letter change?" Whitner said. "I'd rather not." Hitner or not, he'll still be an intimidating presence on the back end.

Donte Whitner DB CLE 9 Months1 Comment

Browns signed SS Donte Whitner to a four-year, $28 million contract.

The Browns replace T.J. Ward with Whitner, a two-time Pro Bowler and a true intimidater over the middle. He was ProFootballFocus' No. 6 safety in the league last season. With Joe Haden and rumors of a Darrelle Revis pursuit, the Browns secondary is looking fearsome.

Donte Whitner DB CLE 9 Months

NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports the Browns are "getting close" with free agents Donte Whitner and Arthur Moats.

Whitner appears to be the Browns' top target, while Moats would be following his Bills DC Mike Pettine to Cleveland. Deals will likely be wrapped up shortly after 4ET.

Donte Whitner DB CLE 9 Months

Dustin Fox of the Browns Radio Network reports free agent SS Donte Whitner is "likely headed" to Cleveland "when the signing period begins."

The signing period begins Tuesday at 4PM ET. The Cleveland Plain Dealer previously reported the Browns were "very serious" about signing Whitner, who played his college ball in Columbus, Ohio and would replace free agent T.J. Ward.

Donte Whitner DB CLE 9 Months

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "very serious" about signing free agent Donte Whitner.

A Cleveland native, Whitner would be replacing fellow free agent T.J. Ward. The Browns' interest in Whitner could be a sign they won't be serious suitors for Jairus Byrd. Whitner would be cheaper than either Ward or Byrd.

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The New York Daily News reports the Jets have interest in free agent SS Donte Whitner and RB Maurice Jones-Drew.

This is the first whisper of any team having interest in Jones-Drew -- and the same goes for Whitner -- since the negotiating window opened Saturday at noon. Whitner would be a tough fit in New York because he's a box safety similar to current Jets SS Dawan Landry. Jones-Drew would upgrade on Bilal Powell as a third-down back, and likely form a backfield timeshare with Chris Ivory.