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49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary

Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:00 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Maybe former Bills safety Donte Whitner saw the news that the 49ers were looking to unload Taylor Mays on, well, anybody with a passing interest in a warm body.

Or perhaps it dawned on Whitner that there isn't much difference between winters in Buffalo and Cincinnati. Because shortly after ESPN, the Cincinnati Enquirer and even Whitner via Twitter announced that he had agreed to terms with the Bengals, the 49ers signed him to a three-year, $11 million contract with $4.5 million in guarantees, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Whitner confirmed as much via -- you guessed it -- Twitter.)

Either way, Whitner appears to be headed to the Bay Area while Mays may be on the way out just a year after the 49ers selected him in the second round of the NFL Draft.

In general, if it takes a team a season to figure out that a second-rounder is a bust, either the scouts weren't doing their jobs, or the coaches and/or front office decided to take Mays against the scouts' wishes.

In Mays' case it sounds like the latter. ESPN.com's Mike Sando writes that "Mays would have remained in the team's plans to this point had Mike Singletary remained head coach. Singletary was invested in Mays. The team had Ronnie Lott reach out to Mays right away. Kenny Easley was another great safety the team held up as an example to follow. Priorities and values change when staffs change. This doesn't necessarily mean the 49ers erred when they drafted Mays. It means they erred when they hired Singletary, and Mays is a casualty of the fallout."

However you spin it, San Francisco wasted a 2009 second-round pick. And wherever you lay the blame, that's a big deal for an organization that last had a winning season in 2002.

Now Whitner will join safety Madieu Williams (who played for the Bengals from 2004-2007) and cornerback Carlos Rogers as new faces in the 49ers secondary.

As for the hard-luck Bengals, they're familiar with being left at the free-agent alter, Frazier Crane style. The Enquirer's Joe Reedy writes that Shaun Rogers was traded to Cincy in 2008 … only for the deal to be nixed before he was later traded to the Browns.

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49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary



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49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:02 pm
 

49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 8, 2011 4:02 pm
 

49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary




Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:52 pm
 

49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary

congrats on landing Whitner SF, one of the reasons we have been irrelevant for 10 years now.  Good riddance.  He isn't a bad tackler....after he's allowed the WR to catch the ball and get the first down.  Bust of a first rounder



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:19 pm
 

49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary

Whitner, he's good in run support but not interceptions. 'Solid' to 'above average' but not great.
That's a nice concise assessment.  I am a Bills fan, and he was a huge disappointment in Buffalo.  He was the eighth overall pick in a draft year when teams were clamoring to trade up for Jay Cutler.  They could have had a couple of starters with the picks that would have brought them.  Of course, the way the Bills were drafting then, they more likely would have been busts.  He is an above average talent but he won't excite the 49er's fans either.

He is probably relieved to be gone from Buffalo.  Time will tell if what was perceived as maddening petulance was really just frustration.  I'll add one more cautionary tale. The last FA DB from Ohio State that the 49ers signed from the Bills was a colossal disappointment.

Good luck Donte Whitner ... and good riddance, too.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:02 pm
 

49ers land Donte Whitner to bolster secondary

Re: Whitner, he's good in run support but not interceptions. 'Solid' to 'above average' but not great.


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