Donte Whitner DB SF 26 Days
CSN Bay Area reports the 49ers are not expected to use the franchise tag this offseason.
SS Donte Whitner, CB Tarell Brown, and WR Anquan Boldin would appear to be the most likely candidates for the tag. The 49ers would like to re-sign all three, but the tenders at each position are awfully high. It would cost the 49ers about $8 million to tag Whitner, $11.5 million to tag Boldin, and $11.2 million to slap it on Brown. Whitner is just 28 and is our No. 3 free-agent safety.
Donte Whitner DB SF 5 Months
49ers SS Donte Whitner has filed official paperwork to change his last name to "Hitner."
"That's what I do. It's my last name and removing a letter makes it pretty cool," he said. One of the league's poster boys for illegal hits on defenseless receivers, Whitner was most recently fined $21,000 for his shot on Chris Givens last Thursday night. He's hoping to get the change implemented on his jersey by this Sunday. Once it happens, Whitner will reportedly have to purchase all the remaining inventory of merchandise with his old name on it.
Donte Whitner DB SF Oct 02 '11
Donte Whitner (hip) will play in Week 4 against the Eagles.
He was limited all week in practice, but the 49ers will need everything he has to stop LeSean McCoy today. Whitner was called "highly questionable" heading into today's game, so there's a good chance he's at less than 100 percent.
Donte Whitner DB SF Sep 29 '11
49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said SS Donte Whitner (hip) is "highly questionable" for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Whitner has 11 tackles and one interception through three games. LeSean McCoy and the Eagles' running game gets a boost if the thumper can't go.
Donte Whitner DB SF Aug 19 '11
The 49ers will use use Donte Whitner as a "true" strong safety, allowing him to "morph into a linebacker" in nickel packages.
We initially guessed third safety Reggie Smith might replace Whitner on passing downs, but the $12 million man is going to be a three-down player. The Niners' front seven became more leaky this offseason, losing NT Aubrayo Franklin and ILB Takeo Spikes. Whitner will be the main beneficiary in IDP leagues.
Donte Whitner DB SF Aug 04 '11
49ers signed SS Donte Whitner to a three-year, $11.75 million contract, including $4 million guaranteed.
Whitner personally text messaged media members that he was signing with Cincinnati, wrote it on his Twitter page, and the Bengals even posted the deal on their website. He changed his mind at the last minute and is going to be a Niner. Whitner will be the strong safety to Reggie Smith's free, and likely an immediate starter in IDP leagues. A true "in the box," run-support safety, the 49ers should be careful to not leave Whitner in coverage too much.
Donte Whitner DB SF Aug 01 '11
According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals' interest in free agent SS Donte Whitner appears to have "cooled off."
Reedy no longer expects Whitner to sign with the Bengals. The former No. 8 overall pick's market has been softer than anyone could have imagined. Whitner won't be back in Buffalo, and the Bengals so far have been his best bet.
Donte Whitner DB SF Jul 31 '11
According to ESPN's John Clayton, there is a "good chance" free agent S Donte Whitner will sign with the Bengals.
The Browns were frequently floated as a possible suitor for Whitner this offseason, but they've opted to go with Usama Young instead. The Bengals have a vacancy at strong safety with Roy Williams unsigned.