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Veteran safety Donte Whitner has spent the beginning of the 2016 NFL season searching for a new home after 10 seasons with three different teams.
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Giants To Take A Look At Whitner
Friday, Sept. 30
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Friday, the New York Giants will be working out Whitner on Sunday as they look to add some depth to their secondary.
The Giants pass defense has been decimated by injuries early on this season as four members of the secondary have been listed on the team’s injury list for Week 4, viaNFL.com:
If Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson are unable to go on Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings, the Giants would only have second-year man Landon Collins and rookie Andrew Adams to patrol the position.
Whitner could provide a solid veteran presence to put at safety alongside the Giants’ young pups.
The 31-year-old has recorded 11 career interceptions, at least one in eight of 10 seasons, and he was selected to three Pro Bowls from 2012-2014.
Two of those came with the Buffalo Bills and the most recent with the Cleveland Browns. But Whitner only spent two seasons in Cleveland before being released in April in an attempt to clear cap space.
According to Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, he was expected to make $6.2 million and $6.3 million in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
After his release, Whitner vowed that he would get back to the All-Pro stage:
I will be back in the pro bowl this year!
— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) April 13, 2016
Shortly after hitting the free agent market, Whitner worked out with the Los Angeles Rams, but it didn’t end in a contract.
Given his experience and success in the league and despite his age, Whitner should be back in the NFL at some point this season. The Giants’ desperation at safety could provide the break that he needed.
Stats courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com.