According to the Associated Press, via Pro Football Talk, Buffalo Bills strong safety Donte Whitner recently replied to Bills general manager Buddy Nix comments.
No matter what Whitner says there is only a slim chance Whitner comes back to play for the Bills in 2011.
Nix stated in an interview on radio station WEDG that he thinks Whitner doesn’t want to comeback to play for the Bills, and most likely won’t.
Whitner in reply stated that is not true and he would love to play for the Bills. However, the fact of the reality is that the Bills resigned strong safety George Wilson and drafted a safety with their first pick in the fourth round and with the Bills already having Bryan Scott and Jon Corto at safety as well there really is no room for Whitner on the Bills roster.
The fact of the matter is that there is only two ways that Whitner plays for the Bills in 2011 and that is if the NFL is forced to open its doors so close to the start of the regular season that the National Football League instructs unsigned players to remain with the same team as they were on in 2010. The other is if the rules to be eligible for free agency remains at six years, which Whitner doesn’t have since he has only five.
This all could have been avoided if Whitner didn’t set his contract demands to be one of the highest paid safeties in the NFL. What makes that laughable is the fact that Whitner only recorded one interception. Yes, he did have a career year in pass deflections and tackles, but a strong safety has to make plays, especially in the interception department.
In the end, Whitner may get his big contract somewhere else, but the reality is he will never live up to.