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Donte Whitner | Defensive Back | #31

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 208
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (8) / BUF
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Free agent S Donte Whitner will visit the Panthers on Friday.
It could be an indication the Panthers aren't sold on third-year pro Tre Boston opposite FS Kurt Coleman. Whitner was cut by the rebuilding Browns in April, but had a passable 2015. Whitner's lone previous visit came in April to the Rams, but he's the kind of player who could get a big boost from the Panthers' DB-friendly scheme. He can't be that much worse than Roman Harper. Aug 25 - 6:20 PM

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Bengals LB Karlos Dansby said he's tried recruiting free agent SS Donte Whitner to sign with Cincinnati.

Whitner and Dansby were teammates in Cleveland the previous two seasons before both were released in the offseason. Dansby quickly landed on his feet with the division-rival Bengals, but Whitner has only visited the Rams. Word out of L.A. was Whitner was asking for too much money at the time. The Bengals are currently content with George Iloka and Shawn Williams at safety.
Jun 22 - 12:00 PM

ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner reports Los Angeles is "hoping" to sign free agent SS Donte Whitner, but the team doesn't like his current price tag.

The Rams are the only team Whitner has visited in the 26 days he's been on the open market. L.A. has a gaping hole next to T.J. McDonald at safety, but Whitner is holding out for more than a million or so bucks. After the draft, Whitner, and plenty of other veterans, should be able to find a landing spot.
Apr 28 - 6:03 PM

Free agent SS Donte Whitner is visiting the Rams.

Whitner is coming off a solid 2015 campaign, earning PFF's No. 28 safety grade among 88 qualifiers. He has recorded just one interception over the past two seasons, however, and his once-vaunted run defense has begun to decline. The Rams need a safety after losing Rodney McLeod to Philly, though McLeod and Whitner couldn't be more different types of players. Los Angeles might move T.J. McDonald to free safety if Whitner is signed.
Apr 10 - 2:06 PM

Browns released SS Donte Whitner.

The move saves Cleveland $3.95 million, but leaves $4.5 million in dead money. Whitner is coming off a solid year, posting 81 tackles in 14 games and grading as PFF's No. 24 safety. The Browns are cleaning house in their secondary, cutting Whitner and failing to re-sign Tashaun Gipson. Entering his age-31 season, Whitner won't struggle for interest as the top available safety behind Reggie Nelson.
Apr 2 - 8:09 PM

Browns SS Donte Whitner (concussion) is not expected to play in Thursday night's Week 9 game against the Bengals.

The Browns will also be without top CB Joe Haden (concussion). While Haden's absence upgrades the fantasy matchup for A.J. Green, Whitner's loss will be felt more versus the run.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Nov 2, 2015 03:49:00 PM

Browns SS Donte Whitner exited Week 8 against the Cardinals with a concussion.

He's done for the day. Johnson Bademosi is in the game in Whitner's place. Top CB Joe Haden also left early with a concussion and is out for the rest of the game.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 03:55:00 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Apr 30, 2014 03:01:00 PM

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 intimidator 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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 04:07:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 11:51:00 AM

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 at Ohio State and would replace free agent T.J. Ward.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 03:18:00 PM

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.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 01:12:00 PM

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.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 05:12:00 PM

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.
Tue, Feb 11, 2014 11:23:00 AM

CSN Bay Area expects impending 49ers free agents SS Donte Whitner and CB Tarell Brown to reach the open market.

The 49ers franchise tagged S Dashon Goldson in 2012, but appear ready to let Whitner and Brown walk unless they're willing to accept team-friendly deals. There's little reason for either to do so before getting a whiff of the open market. In between doling out his trademark illegal hits and mulling changing his last name to "Hitner," Whitner had a strong 2013, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 safety. Appearing in all 16 games for the third time in four years, Whitner notched 73 tackles, two picks and two forced fumbles. Whitner turns 29 in July.
Mon, Jan 27, 2014 04:12:00 PM

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