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Donte Whitner Signs a Two Year Deal with the Cincinnati Bengals

August 4th, 2011 at 2:35 PM
By Chuck Chapman

 After days of negotiation, former Bills and Ohio State safety Donte Whitner and the Cincinnati Bengals have come to terms on a two year deal. Whitner just tweeted, "Who Dey!" and Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer Joe Reedy confirmed the deal just moments ago. Whitner brings help to a position that saw the Bengals lose both Roy Williams and Chinedum Ndukwe from last year's team.

Whitner was the eighth overall pick in 2006 by Buffalo. He is known for being a punishing run defender. Last season, Whitner's first where he was able to play all 16 games, saw him record 140 tackles for the Bills. 

A Cleveland native, Whitner starred at Ohio State, gaining first team All Big 10 honors in 2005. He was also named to the NFL.com All-Rookie team in 2006. He will compete in camp at a wide open safety spot. In addition to losing Williams and Ndukwe, both Reggie Nelson and Chris Crocker missed much of last season with injuries. Gibril Wilson is back, but coming off of surgery while Robert Sands is a rookie. Whitner's experience should give him a leg up on his competition. He'll join fellow Buckeye alum, Nate Clements in the Bengals defensive backfield.

Tags: Cincinnati, Cincinnati Bengals, Donte Whitner, Football, NFL

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