Donte Whitner expects to sign with the Browns today


Donte Whitner could be a member of the Cleveland Browns within a few hours.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Whitner expects to sign with the Browns as soon as free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. Eastern. In Cleveland, Whitner would fill a void in the secondary left by safety T.J. Ward, who is expected to leave in free agency.

The 28-year-old Whitner started all 16 games for the 49ers last season, and the 49ers are interested in re-signing him. But the Browns have more cap space than the 49ers, and the Browns can also give Whitner the opportunity to come home: Whitner was born and raised in Cleveland and played his college football at Ohio State.

Whitner is the No. 28 player in our Free Agent Hot 100, but that doesn’t necessarily make him an upgrade for the Browns’ secondary: Ward is the No. 20 player in our Free Agent Hot 100. The Browns appear set to lose one good safety and gain another.

60 responses to “Donte Whitner expects to sign with the Browns today

  1. You could of had RGIII but NOPE you traded for Weeden and Richardson! These other signings and players don’t matter without a QB. No QB = No HOPE!!! #TheFactoryofSadnessgoesonandonandon

  2. the browns are determined to build the best defense in the NFL.

    They just can’t score!

  3. I’m only ok with this if Ward signs with someone else for at least 2 mil a year more than the Browns sign Whitner for.

    Go Browns!

  4. So is he going to change his name to “Hitner” now? Since he wanted to last year, but decided against it, because of the money it would have cost him to change the name on all of the jerseys being sold to the public…

  5. I’d have rather kept TJ Ward, but I think once he didn’t get franchised he was out the door as soon as he could get there.

  6. On the eve of free agency Jim Harbaugh looks out his office window and slowly shakes his head

    For weeks now NFL free agents have been camping out in front of the Santa Clara practice facility in a desperate attempt to be signed by the historic franchise, turning the parking lot into a small tent city.

    Jim can’t wait for this day to be over as he has grown weary of the constant “Who’s Got It Better Than Us” chants coming from the free agents. Jim sees Aquib Talib cooking breakfast on a camp stove, Aquib has been wearing Harbaughs traditional black and khahki game day outfit for weeks straight in an attempt to gain favor. Jim admires Aquib’s dedication, but he will not be chosen as Jim despises mediocre talent.

    In a few hours Jim will march out and select one, maybe two, of the stoutest, bravest men to join his crusade. Those rejected bow their heads and sob uncontrollably, others stare blankly at the sky while trying to overcome the rejection of a lifetime. These rejects will soon disperse and join dead or dying franchises like the Raiders, Jags, Packers and Steelers…never to be heard from again.



    Gordon > your WR
    cameron > your TE

    U MAD?

  8. So much for that “I really want to be here even if it means I take a smaller salary” Well good luck to ya anyway Donte. Fierce hitter but when he misses it’s goin to the house.

  9. Why??? He’s leaving the 2nd best team in football to go to a team that loses every year??? Whitner will regret it when SF wins a SB & I believe they will if Harbaugh stays.

    I’m VERY interested to see what the Niners are going to do in FA. The only starting DB they have under contract is Eric Reid. Then again they have 12 draft picks.

    Although I’m a Dolphin fan I’d love to see the Niners squash the Seahawks. The Seahawks fans are BEYOND annoying already.

  10. 49ers falling apart. The repercussions from “The Play” continue. Expect them to fall behind the Cardinals.

  11. Stupid… Why would we not re-sign TJ Ward?

    Not only is he a better player but he was a leader on our defense. Good thing we still have our #1 leader on defense… Oh nevermind

  12. “49ers falling apart. The repercussions from “The Play” continue. Expect them to fall behind the Cardinals.”

    LOL. Free agency happens. Baalke and Harbaugh will figure something else out, and they’ll get through. Besides, the Cards are losing Dansby as well, so maybe they should be more concerned about that.

  13. Ward & Whitner are very similar players. Not sure why Cleveland didn’t just re-sign Ward who is younger. If the Niners get Ward then the Browns will have gotten played…Again.

  14. Whiffner is a selp promotoing overrated player who was fortunatwe playing around great defensive players. He’s a liability in coverage and someone who runs his mouth way too much.

  15. Sorry to see him go, he really improved his coverage skills last year and was always a stud against the run. Good luck, Donte!

  16. i have a feeling patrick willis will be ltraded in 2015 to clear cap space

  17. The temptation is there, to say something to the Bay Area miscreants who’ve been ragging us for weeks about how we won’t be able to pay anybody, but I’ll digress. It straight up sucks to lose players the fans love, no matter the team.

    Condolences to the Red & Gold faithful.

    On the other hand, what’s with all of this interaction between SF and Cleveland, lately? I wasn’t aware that they even knew each other.

  18. I watched him in buffalo. Let me say this. He is not an improvement over Ward. He is best known for watching wr’s score as he is looking behind him for the ball. I won’t say he sucks but he’s not very good. He was hidden by sf ‘s other players. He will play hard but he won’t be worth what he is being paid..

    Guess Byrd is not coming to Cleveland

  19. if they pull off the Revis trade the Browns will have the best secondary in the NFL hands down

  20. Here’s to hoping the Niners are scrambling right now to try and keep him before FA starts in 1 hour.

    Jim, Trent, Jed… there?

  21. … and cheap Bengals owner mike brown doesn’t look for a REAL #2 wide receiver.

    Marvin Jones is a high character guy… but… he IS NOT a TOP NFL #2 wide receiver… he is #3 level (on a good wide receiving corps).

    Smart signing, Cleveland.


  22. A little cloudy…. Marvin Jones is a good #3 level wide receiver on a team with a deep wide receiving corps).

    Meaning: In Denver/New Orleans/etc…. Marvin Jones would be a #3 wide receiver

  23. As I’ve said before:

    Lets him walk. Like Dashon Goldson this dude lays the smack down on fools but is a total liability in coverage. We need bigger bodies in the secondary who are able to shut down the passing game.

    Good luck Donte.

  24. you simply cant’ rate players effectively. Stats don’t lie but never tell the whole story…one system may benefit a player to thrive in the stat category – while another may lower his stats but be more effective on the field of play in coverage…that’s not to mention the players he’s surrounded by…offense and defense

  25. This sucks A#@ for the Niners!!! We lost Goldson last year and now we’re going to let another solid, hard hitting veteran slip away. Unless the Niners can bring in a high level, proven veteran, there will be a huge hole left in the secondary. Going with an all 1st or 2nd year secondary is going to make it seem like Christmas for teams with good passing offenses like Seattle. IDK what Harbaugh and Baalke are thinking on this one. I expect them to bring in a solid vet, like Revis (who is probably out of their price range) if they’re gonna let Whitner leave. Not happy at all with this move by the Niners.

  26. it’s downright weird how some players get this reputation that simply defies reality. There are several comments here wondering why the Browns let go of TJ Ward and are happy with signing Donte Whitner. All I can get is that the people who are praising Ward and thinking it would be better to keep him just plain did not watch him play game in and game out. If they had, they’d understand that he has some kind of strange hype attached to him that his actual play doesn’t bear out. I can’t tell you how many times Ward was miles from the play, utterly out of position, arrived to the play after the corner had already done his job, or made a pathetic attempt at tackling with his alligator arms. I’m not saying Ward is sub part… Just that, if he’s above average, it’s only by a hair.

    Ward’s reputation was helped out by good performances in a small smattering of games and somehow the hype took over.

    Not a big loss.

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