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49ers Sign S Donte Whitner

Posted by Scott Kegley on August 6, 2011 – 9:49 AM

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.

Posted in Breaking News, Transactions | 45 Comments »

45 Responses to “49ers Sign S Donte Whitner”

  1. By jack on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Here we go baby 9er are coming back

  2. By maximus50 on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Great pick up. I love the niners for not blinking and caving in to some of our FA’s that totally overvalued themselves. We brought in better players across the board for better financial terms. Can’t wait for the Harbaugh show to start…NFC West title is ours for the taking this year.

  3. By Ryan on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    THats what I’m talking about Keep bringing em in. GO NINERS!!!

  4. By Ryan on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Ya know everybody was so concerned cuz we weren’t signing big name FA but we keep bringing in solid FOOTBALL PLAYERS and thats what we need no big heads just solid FBP!! If we win the close games this yr and the games we are supposed to win we could have a good record and reach the playoffs.

  5. By serge on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    wow 49ers are showing me that they know what they are doing i love how they are going to get what we need to compete and take this team to another level i like what they are doing so far keep’m coming take advantage of one of the best free agency market in resent history.

  6. By mata on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    now all we really need is a de lets go trade mays for osi and move sopoaga bak to nt

  7. By Desmond on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Im just really happy to see we are getting pieces within our roster filled with players of actual quality. Because for a while we’ve just been taking anything. Hopefully everyone that signed/signs is/ will be committed to turning our playoff droughts around this season. Go NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Playoffs this season
    Confrence Title next season
    Superbowl two seasons from now

  8. By o.collins on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    great moves from the organization at first i was a little worried but the niners are bringing in the type of players that fits in the new coaches system great moves especially sighning edwards!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. By Ozz49 on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Finally,we need to go out and get a DT. The niners are looking good. Lets bring back the 90’s culture of winning

  10. By PETERD on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    On the right hand side of this page appear such names as westbrook, baas, singletary, spikes and many more, no longer with the 49ers. How come? Why not rep;ace with current players and coaches?

  11. By Kendall on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    You guys all crack me up with this “we” stuff. Last time I checked THEY were the players and we are the fans. Correct me if I am wrong if you PLAYED for the team or helped in drafting or making trades or coaching. We didn’t do jack squat THEY did all the work and should get all the accolades. Stop with the WE WE WE WE.

  12. By Ryan on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    What difference does it make if we say “WE or THEY” that doesnt matter the fact is THEY are the team and WE are the fans so without us the FANS there would be no team!!!!!! Kendall

  13. By ivan on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Kendall why does it bother if we say we….Yea they did all the work but if it wasnt for the Fans there would be an NFL have you thought about that smart guy..WHO ARE YOU SON!!! a nobody but someone that get irritated by something someone is saying..GET A LIFE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD> SO we are a WE here..Deusch bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. By jack on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    The way i see it WE are all in it together you may not be but WE WE WE ARE

  15. By Adrian on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    This is awesome, I really hope Hardbaugh is true on letting the players compete, as he said before, nothing is anointed so with that being said GO KAEPE! I would love to see him as the starter, how else are you going to mold the future franchise….. I can’t wait for the season to start, anticipation and patience is the hardest for a fan to cope with when Sept is just around the corner…..

  16. By jack on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    kendall you do not have a clue go back to playing with your GI JOES

  17. By abe37 on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    WE, yes WE have a great chance of taking this division this year.. It’ll be a bit tougher than last year but we have the coaches and the team to do it!!! GOOO 49ERS!!

  18. By zilla414 on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    the Niners are quietly putting the pieces together. it seems they are going after young Veterans and I noticed that about 2/3 of the Niners- are in their 3rd year or less. complementing young guys with youthful Veterans seems to be their model.

    now the Niners have 3 top 10 draft picks from ’05 and 2 top 10 draft picks from ’06- I have a feeling they are not done yet.


  19. By TEXAS 9ER on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    all WE need is a good veteran quaterback now!!!!!!!

  20. By Matt on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    The 49ers are building a solid d, and the O is getting stronger, I am seeing a return to the 80’s for the 9ers forget about the 90’s the 80’s was when we was a powerhouse

  21. By JR Baca in New Mexico on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    It is going to be nice when WE go to the SuperBowl and WE win!

  22. By matt23 on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like a good one!

  23. By tmacias on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    goldson was showin some promise this past year should have kept him this defense would of been sick!!

  24. By 9erndahouse on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    9ERS ALL DA WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. By L.A.49er on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    WE!! Are all 49ers!!! Lets go!!!!!!!

  26. By Stephen on Aug 6, 2011 | Reply

    I dont think we should expect a Superbowl appearance this year! Let’s hope we can compete and win our division and take it from there! Good job in free agency so far! Go Niners! We can do it!

  27. By Kendall on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Actually Jack, I have a much bigger clue about life than you do apparently. Liking or loving watching the Niners is great, but like I said and all of you 39 disagrees don’t have a life if it is WE WE WE…because we are not all in it together we are all fans. They are all in it together. You probably go home and beat your wives after they lose because WE lost…LOL. NO WE didn’t and WE didn’t win…THEY DID. I don’t care how many disagrees I get facts are facts…so most of you must be liberals because you are taking credit for what others do. By the way Jack, how long have you been watching the Niners? Me only since about 1970. So tell me again how I don’t have a clue.

  28. By TP on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Kendall is not a true fan. i don’t care if he or she has been watching the 9ERS since 1970. I’ve only been watching the 9ERS and bleeding scarlet and gold since 1976. I AM A PART OF THE 9ERS (THE FAITHFUL) AND THEY ARE A PART OF ME. True Faithful are part of the 9ERS so WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE WE are gonna win games this year and push for a playoff spot. so Kendall can go WE WE WE WE all the way home. YOU ARE NOT A TRUE FAN LOSER!!!!!

  29. By niner4life on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    if my memory is correct didnt we sign nate clements after he left the bills…im just sayin i hope this isnt another bills cast off

  30. By Edward49ers on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    The niners will take the west this year!

  31. By KDB on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    I go away for a few days on vacation and YEP—-All looks good to me. And yes, there’s obviously a PLAN and sitting back and letting unfold sure has happened. It’s time to just relax and get excited!!!!!!!!!!

  32. By kinglos34 on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    J Masoli is making a splash at training camp taking all of his reps as a qb instead of a rb. with him it puts us at five qb’s with alex being the experienced vet. lets see how things play out. we got battles going on at every position.

  33. By kinglos34 on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    whitner already making waves. him and reggie smith going at it right now.

  34. By tillman2780 on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    49ers here we come from mississippi to cali

  35. By Harbaugh=playoffs on Aug 7, 2011 | Reply

    Without fans there is no team kendall ever think of that? mata there is no NT we are running a 4-3 hybrid on defense. Harbaugh will bring us to the promise land GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. By David on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    It unfortunately doesn’t matter how many good football players are signed if the QB is keeping an average of over one INT per game. You just dont win games that way.

  37. By BC on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    WE will definitely win the division this year. Rams? Cardinals? Seahawks? Give me a break, they all sh**

  38. By ninerfan4life on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    just resigned goldson. very nice harbaugh and balke …. like a crock pot and good s*x … slow, patient, and steady. Go niners!!

  39. By Ed Mils 559 on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    Yes…..we are addressing our DB issues. It was the Elephant in the room for so many years. I felt sorry for our front seven, who would keep us in games until teams say “Air it out” then we would be exposed and lose a game by 3 points.

  40. By ninerfan4life on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    nicely put ed our secondary has been weak since deion, davis, hanks, and mcdonald held it down!

  41. By boss on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    we on the move the 9 ers are back. now lets just win some games

  42. By Roosh on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    http://www.nfl.com/freeagency?module=HP11_content_stream. We got Goldson!

  43. By John Franco on Aug 8, 2011 | Reply

    I’m a die hard 49ers fan and faithful i have a this good feeling were going to the playoffs with all this pieces we added and with new coaches i smell playoffs lets go 49ers im sick of losing its time to win and go back to the glory days since i was a kid 49er faithful for life kendall why are u saying this negative stuff about the niners it means ur not a true fan man u find a banwaggon team im a 49ers fan win or lose im sticking with them

  44. By DRE BREEZ on Aug 9, 2011 | Reply


  45. By jrparker on Aug 10, 2011 | Reply

    Dre Breez, We are going to be fine this year. The players we lost for the most part have lost a step because of age and injuries or were bench warmers. I believe Harbaugh could have done much better in the draft, but we are still a better team then we were last year.

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