Now that the free agent signings have begun, I find it very interesting that Donte Whitner has not been signed yet. I find it even more interesting that Trent Edwards has a new home, but Donte is still a man without a team.
Why is this?
It is what I like to call the reality check factor.
Trent Edwards had a paycheck in mind based on reality, so he is signed and set to receive a paycheck.
Donte Whitner on the other hand, had a paycheck he wanted not based in reality, thus there is no team beating down his door to sign him. Show of hands, who really thought Trent would receive a contract before Donte?
Now don't get me wrong here, Donte is a decent SS, he is no Polamalu, but he is still serviceable as an NFL SS.
What he needs to realize, he had it real good over the life of his rookie contract, he was overpaid until last year where he finally started to live up to his rookie contract, 1 out of 4 years.
For him to think he deserves top 5 safety money is a pipe dream if he thinks that is what he is worth. At his age, a similar contract to his rookie contract is the best he can hope for, to show he can improve still and then really cash in if he does at the end of the next contract.
If he continues to insist on a big raise over his last contract, he might find no takers. It might be wise for Donte to swallow his pride, shut off his twitter, and take what the Bills offered before those last two roster spots are filled. The Bills drafted him, stuck with him while he was overpaid, and probably gave him a more than fair offer to re-sign him. Hopefully he will smarten up and realize, it's time for a reality check.