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Antoine Bethea | Defensive Back

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 206
College: Howard
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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. Mar 11 - 4:41 PM

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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.
Mar 11 - 3:28 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 8:41 PM

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.
Feb 4 - 9:48 AM

Colts signed FS Antoine Bethea to a four-year, $27 million contract.

Bethea will get $18 million over the first two years of the deal. He becomes one of the disgruntled restricted free agents that actually gets the long-term deal he wanted. A two-time Pro Bowler, Bethea is one of the unsung rocks in Indy's defense. Even more will be expected out of him as he enters his prime with this deal.
Fri, Jun 11, 2010 01:47:00 PM

Colts FS Antoine Bethea and LE Robert Mathis were missing as the team opened mandatory minicamps on Friday.

As previously mentioned, Reggie Wayne is also staying away. All three want new deals. Coach Jim Caldwell doesn't sound overly concerned yet. "There are times that happen during the course of the season where certain guys may not be able to go," he said. "So what we do it adjust and keep moving."
Fri, Jun 4, 2010 07:13:00 PM

The Indianapolis Star wouldn't be surprised if restricted free agent FS Antoine Bethea gets a long-term deal.

Bethea has yet to sign his one-year tender, but we doubt he'll be able to force the Colts into giving him a multi-year extension. As a RFA, the Colts can make him play this year for $2.521 million before discussing a new contract.
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 11:27:00 AM

In addition to the three NFC East teams mentioned previously, the Jets and Dolphins are reportedly showing interest in FS Antoine Bethea.

So Bethea is very popular in the east. It's starting to sound like these rumors are being spread directly by Bethea's player reps. Teams are unlikely to surrender a first-round pick for the tendered restricted free agent.
Source: FOX Sports
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 04:36:00 PM

Scout.com reports that the Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys are showing interest in restricted free agent FS Antoine Bethea.

The Colts gave Bethea a first-round tender, making the cost prohibitive for Washington in particular if it planned to sign him to an offer sheet. The sides could potentially work out a deal for less than the round-one compensation level, but Indianapolis certainly won't give up Bethea on the cheap.
Source: scout.com
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 03:41:00 PM

The Colts have assigned a first-round tender to restricted free agent FS Antoine Bethea.

Bethea is a ball magnet with cover skills, so he was bound to get a pricey tender. Should he sign off on it, Bethea would collect $2.52 million in 2010.
Wed, Mar 3, 2010 03:09:00 PM

Antoine Bethea, dealing with a back injury, may not make the trip to Miami for the Pro Bowl Sunday.

Bethea was limited in practice Thursday, but he's fully expected to be fine for the Super Bowl. RE Dwight Freeney (ankle) may also be held out of the Pro Bowl activities.
Fri, Jan 29, 2010 10:54:00 AM

Colts FS Antoine Bethea (broken hand) returned to practice Wednesday.

Bethea is expected to return to game action with a wrapped hand well before the season opener. Bethea will try to keep the secondary together early in the season with Bob Sanders out and Kelvin Hayden possibly sidelined as well.
Wed, Aug 19, 2009 12:57:00 PM

Colts coach Jim Caldwell revealed Wednesday that FS Antoine Bethea will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken right hand.

Indianapolis could get away with SS Bob Sanders (knee) missing time because Melvin Bullitt is a strong replacement. But the loss of Bethea, a 2007 Pro Bowler and the Colts' top tackling defensive back in 2008, is going to hurt. He'll be fitted with a cast and return when he's able to play through it. Obviously, Bethea will have a hard time making plays with one hand.
Wed, Aug 12, 2009 07:43:00 PM

The Colts are not expected to make wholesale defensive changes despite firing coordinator Ron Meeks.

It sounds like Indianapolis will target another Tampa 2 coach, although the Colts' ends, safeties, and corners are talented enough to function in any scheme. One possible coordinator target is Vikings DLs coach Karl Dunbar.
Wed, Jan 21, 2009 12:39:00 PM

The Colts may be without both starting safeties this Sunday.

Strong safety Bob Sanders is out with swelling in his right knee, and free safety Antoine Bethea has missed practice all week with an ankle injury. This qualifies as great news for a Browns offense that can use all the help it can get.
Sat, Nov 29, 2008 09:27:00 AM

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