Maybe Donte Whitner isn’t quite done in Buffalo after all.
As we mentioned last week, Bills GM Buddy Nix didn’t seem to think Whitner had a future in Buffalo. Nix said at the time, “Donte Whitner, I don’t think wants to be here, so he probably won’t [be back].”
Could Nix have spoken too soon?
In an article in USA TODAY, Whitner strongly denied Nix’s assertion that the safety did not want to return to Buffalo. ”He actually said, he didn’t think I wanted to be there so I wouldn’t,” Whitner said, referring to what Nix had told a Buffalo radio station. “Well, I have something to say about that. I don’t think I’ve ever said that I don’t want to be there. I do want to be a Buffalo Bill.”
Whitner did say, however, that his return to Buffalo was contingent on the Bills improving their contract offer.
However, it’s not entirely clear that Whitner is actually a free agent. Whitner’s contract expired at the end of the 2010 season, but Buffalo tendered him a one-year offer before the start of the current lockout. His status will ultimately be determined by what rules are in place when the lockout ends.
Whitner offered assurances he would not be a distraction if he was forced to return to Buffalo on a one-year tender.
“I wouldn’t have any problem with that,” Whitner said. “I’m not going to go in there and be a cancer to the football team. I’m not going to go in there and act out of character. I’m going to go in there and do what I’ve been doing for the past five years. I’m going to lead.”
Now, for all Donte’s problems on Twitter, I’ve never had a problem with Whitner’s on the field effort and I’ve never heard of a teammate having a problem with him. So I believe having him back, even for a year, wouldn’t be a bad thing. We’ll just have to see how this plays out.