For all the insanity surrounding the post-lockout free agent frenzy, one name has been rather conspicuous by its absence: former Bills first-round pick Donte Whitner. The highly emotional but talented safety was hoping to come into big money via free agency – money that Buffalo was certainly never going to give him.
However, Whitner’s dreams of a huge contract seem to have evaporated, as Whitner is still a free agent as of Wednesday evening. This has to be frustrating for Whitner, especially when a slightly-above-average-safety like Eric Weddle got a five year contract worth $40 MILLION from San Diego. (This is probably the single most ridiculous contract of the offseason. The always-brilliant KSK hit this signing right on the head. Seriously, $40 million for freaking Eric Weddle?)
Anyway, with no suitable deals coming his way (a reported Whitner-to-Cincinnati deal hasn’t materialized), Whitner is seemingly longing to be back in Buffalo:
Via Whitner’s always entertaining Twitter feed:
And while that “info” has yet to arrive, this came shortly thereafter:
Interesting. Does this mean Whitner is on his way back to Buffalo?
I don’t know. It all depends on two men really – Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey. If they decide that Whitner’s talent is worth the occasional Twitter nonsense, he’ll be back. If not, it could be a while before Whitner signs anywhere.
Personally, I like Whitner and hope he finds his way back. For whatever his weaknesses, he’s a better all-around safety than George Wilson, who is best suited for a backup/special teams role. Whitner’s an above-average safety who can hit and was popular with his teammates. If he’s willing to come back at the right price, this seems like a no-brainer to me.