Former Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner finally has himself a new job. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Washington Redskins are signing the veteran to a one-year deal.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2016
This comes one day after Whitner himself indicated on social media that he was offered a deal by both the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers.
btw I was offered a deal from the Rams and the panthers.
— DonteHitner31 (@DonteWhitner) October 4, 2016
Whitner, 31, recorded 81 tackles in 14 games for the Cleveland Browns in 2015. It was the first time in four seasons that he did not earn a trip to the Pro Bowl. That led to the Browns releasing him during the spring.
With the Redskins struggling a great deal at safety this season, it’s a move the team needed to make. Whether Whitner comes in and starts soon remains to be seen. But he’s clearly a better option than current starting strong safety David Bruton.
Heading into Week 5, Washington is yielding the third-most rushing yards in the NFL. This is definitely an area Whitner can help in immediately.