The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that the Browns are “very serious” about bringing Donte Whitner to Cleveland to replace SS T.J. Ward.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) March 10, 2014
Whitner, a Cleveland native and Ohio State Buckeye made just a hair under $5 million dollars in 2013. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Browns, Bears and Jets all inquired about Whitner over the weekend.
There is still a chance that the 49ers hold onto Whitner as well.
“The 49ers are “still pushing” to retain Whitner, but it appears likely there will be a competitive market for his services when free agency begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Whitner, 28, has spent the past three seasons with the 49ers and earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2012. He is expected to receive a more lucrative contract than the three-year, $11.75 million deal he signed in 2011.”
Perhaps signing with the Browns would allow Whitner time to finally change his last name to ‘Hitner’ like he tried to do last season.
Buckle up Browns fans. With $50 million dollars in cap space, free agency won’t be boring this year. The Browns will likely be connected to a lot of rumors. The safety position in particular should be interesting.
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