Former Ohio State strong safety and NFL Pro Bowler Donte Whitner has agreed to a one-year contract with the Redskins, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 5, 2016
Whitner played for Ohio State from 2003-05, intercepting five passes during his career. He finished third on the team in tackles (second in solo tackles) during his final season in Columbus and was selected eighth overall by the Buffalo Bills in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Whitner played five seasons with the Bills, three in San Francisco with the 49ers and two more with the Browns in Cleveland in 2014-15. He has started 143 of his 146 career games and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
The Browns released Whitner in April, two years into a four-year contract. On Tuesday, the safety tweeted that he had been offered a contract by the Rams and Panthers, in addition to the Redskins.
Washington’s starting strong safety is veteran David Bruton Jr. He is backed up by Duke Ihenacho.