Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner (31) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Free Agent Rumors: Cleveland Browns interested in signing Donte Whitner


The San Francisco 49ers opted not to use their franchise tag on Donte Whitner and it appears the hard hitting safety might be moving on.

One such team with reported interest are the Cleveland Browns, who according to Mary Kay Cabot are ‘very serious’ about signing.

Source told http://cleveland.com #Browns “are very serious” about signing Cleveland native Donte Whitner, 49ers safety. He’d replace Ward

The Browns would obviously like to keep T.J. Ward moving forward, but he  may price himself out of the Browns range and Whitner would come at a much cheaper cost.

Of course, Whitner, ball-hawk that he is, often found himself routinely burned in coverage for the 49ers last season and struggled on deep balls.

More importantly, the reported interest in Whitner may suggest the Browns aren’t willing to pay the hefty price that not only Ward would command, but fellow free agent safety Jairus Byrd.

Whitner’s certainly not the best available safety on the open market, but price against talent, he may be the best bet rather than backing up the Brinks truck.

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