Here's Nix's quote:
“Donte Whitner I don’t think wants to be here, and he probably won't."
Here's Whitner's quote that I had seen earlier in the week:
“Well, I have something to say about that. I don’t think I’ve ever said that I don’t want to be there. I do want to be a Buffalo Bill."
This was something that I didn't see earlier:
Whitner, a top-10 draft pick in 2006 who received a one-year restricted free agency tender before the lockout started, isn’t averse to the possibility of accepting the offer. “I wouldn’t have any problem with that,” Whitner said. “I’m not going to go in there and be a cancer to the football team. I’m not going to go in there and act out of character. I’m going to go in there and do what I’ve been doing for the past five years. I’m going to lead.”
We've heard that Whitner wanted something like $7 million and some seem to think that $5 million is a more reasonable number. I may be wrong but didn't the Bills offer Whitner a deal worth about $5 million a year? Does anyone know what the restricted free agency offer would be? I'm guessing that it would be well below $7 million and possibly below even $5 million.
I don't think anyone would argue that Whitner was worth the 8th pick in the draft but we're well past that now. Unlike McCargo and Maybin, Whitner has at least been a starter and contributor. He clearly isn't an elite level safety but he is experienced and versatile. Assuming money isn't an issue, I'm hoping he stays.