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31 Donte Whitner SS
Height/Weight: 5-10/208 | Birthdate: 7/24/1985 | Birthplace: Cleveland, OH, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Ohio State | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 56/41
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Browns newbies key defensive effort against Pittsburgh


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Browns defensive newcomers, linebacker Karlos Dansby and safety Donte Whitner, both made an impression in their debuts with the team Sunday in Pittsburgh.

The former registered a sack, broke up two passes and finished with six tackles. The latter led the team with 13 tackles, including 12 solos.

They will seek to keep up the good work next Sunday against the visiting Saints.


Donte Whitner to get $7 million annually


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Browns' four-year contract with free agent safety Donte Whitner is worth $7 million annually, reports NFL Network. The 49ers did not want to go much higher than $4 million per year, according to CSNBayArea.com.

Report: Donte Whitner will join Browns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Free agent safety Donte Whitner, a Cleveland native, will sign with his hometown team, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Whitner, who spent the last three seasons with the 49ers, had 82 tackles, two interceptions and a career-best 15 pass breakups last year.

Earlier reports indicated the Browns will pay Whitner about $8 million annually.


Report: Browns offering Donte Whitner $8 million per year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Browns offered free agent safety Donte Whitner a contract worth $8 million to $8.5 million annually, reports 92.3 The Fan. Whitner had 73 tackles and two interceptions for the 49ers last season.

Cleveland is expected to lose safety T.J. Ward in free agency.


Browns 'very serious' about Donte Whitner


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Browns are "very serious" about signing free agent safety Donte Whitner away from the 49ers, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The two-time Pro Bowler would replace T.J. Ward, who's expected to leave via free agency.

The report said Whitner, who starred at Ohio State, considers the Browns among his top choices.


49ers decline to use franchise tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) The 49ers won't use the franchise tag on safety Donte Whitner or any other player, reports ESPN.

49ers unlikely to use franchise tag


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) The 49ers are not expected to use the franchise tag in 2014, reports CSNBayArea.com. Receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Donte Whitner are potential candidates, but the tag does not appear to be a realistic option for them, the report said.

The projected receiver tag of $11.5 million is too high for Boldin, who turns 34 next season, according to the website. And the projected safety tag of $8 million is more than the 49ers want to spend to keep Whitner.


Donte Whitner hopes to be back with 49ers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) 49ers safety Donte Whitner, an impending free agent, said he hopes to return to the team in 2014 and that he's talked to a lot of people in the organization about coming back.

"Everybody expresses they want me back, but you know this is a business,” Whitner told the team's website. “Sometimes players don’t fit into what you want to do salary-cap wise. I’m not saying that’s the case here. Hopefully we can get something done and work something out. We’ll see.”

Whitner had five interceptions, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, 27 pass breakups and 218 tackles in three seasons with San Francisco.


Donte Whitner sets season high in tackles


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) 49ers safety Donte Whitner made a season-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops, in the win over the Rams. He's up to 59 tackles this season.

Whitner faces the Seahawks in Week 14.


Donte Whitner comes down with second pick of the year


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) 49ers safety Donte Whitner came down with his second interception of the season during Monday’s contest against the Redskins in Week 12.

Whitner picked off Robert Griffin III on the final play of the opening quarter. He finished the game with five total tackles (three solo), one tackle for loss and one pass defended in a 27-6 victory. 

49ers have important defenders active


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) 49ers linebackers NaVorro Bowman (wrist) and Patrick Willis (groin), as well as defensive back Donte Whitner (knee) are all active for the Week 8 game from London against Jacksonville Sunday. All were listed as probable entering the game on Friday's official injury report. 

49ers defensive trio should be fine for Week 8


by Jeff Tobin | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) Among the seven defensive players listed on the 49ers' injury report for Week 8 against the Jaguars, three are expected to play Sunday without issue. Linebackers NaVorro Bowman (wrist) and Patrick Willis (groin), as well as defensive back Donte Whitner (knee) are all probable for the game. 

Donte Whitner expects to play in Week 8


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner (knee) did not practice Friday due to slippery practice conditions, but told the San Jose Mercury News afterwards he plans to play in Week 8 against the Jaguars in London. 

Donte Whitner: Soreness in knee will keep me under 100 percent


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2013) Veteran 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner said soreness in his knee will prevent him from playing at top efficiency Sunday against Jacksonville in London. He described the injury as a "small sprain" to CSNBayarea.com.

49ers coach expects injured safeties to be 'fine' to play Week 8


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday he expects injured safeties Donte Whitner (knee) and Eric Reid (ankle) to play Week 8 at Jacksonville (game being played in London).

"I think they're going to be fine," Harbaugh said.


Donte Whitner exits with knee injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner was forced out of Sunday's contest at Tennessee in Week 7 with a knee injury.

Whitner sustained the injury in the second half and was unable to return. The 49ers may have taken a cautious approach since they had a 21-point lead. He finished with three total tackles before leaving the game.

Donte Whitner comes up with big pick


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner came up with his first interception of the season in Week 4 against the Rams, in a 35-11 win. Whitner matched his season total from 2012 when he picked off Sam Bradford in the second quarter in the end zone. Whitner added three tackles, his lowest total of the season. 

Whitner finds the end zone vs. Saints


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2012) 49ers defensive back Donte Whitner found the end zone for the first time this season in Week 12 against the Saints. Whitner stepped in front of a Drew Bress pass attempt and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown in the the third quarter. It was his first interception of the season and eighth of his career. He finished with eight tackles -- five solo -- in the 31-21 win and was also credited with a pass defended.