The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed S Donte Whitner to a three-year deal.
Whitner (5-10, 208) was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the first round (8th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played in 69 games (66 starts) at strong safety during his five-year career with the Bills, totaling 451 tackles, five interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 1.5 sacks and 19 passes defensed.
Whitner started all 16 games last season and posted a career-high 140 tackles to go along with seven passes defensed, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a half sack. He recorded a career-high 18 tackles vs. Pittsburgh (11/28).
In 2009, Whitner recorded 57 tackles, five passes defensed and two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) in 10 games (eight starts). He was voted a team captain in 2008 and went on to start all 13 games played, recording 61 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. A year prior, Whitner was the only Bills defender to take every snap (999) through the first 15 games of the season. His streak came to an end in Week 17 when he was unable to make the trip to Philadelphia (12/30) due to the flu.
Whitner was selected to the NFL.com All-Rookie team and Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie team after recording 104 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed in 15 games played (14 starts).
A 26-year old native of Cleveland, Ohio, Whitner starred collegiately at Ohio State University.
Whitner will wear No. 31.
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