I had to title this comeuppance. I couldn't help myself. First, I figured this had to be probably the first, last and only post ever titled comeuppance. Second, it fits the story of Donte Whitner's foray into free agency. A man who, in the opinion of most, is finally getting his comeuppance. More after the jump.
Most of us recall the negotiations between the BIlls and Whitner reaching an impasse in 2010. Whitner believed that the Bills offer, believed to be $5,000,000 a year, was insufficient for a player of his caliber. Bills brass did not agree with Whitner and the sides went their respective ways. As the Bills practice with George Wilson filling Whitner's former post, Whitner is left with little to do except blast his much maligned Twitter "insight" out for the word to see. What his Twitter post have shown is a far more contrite Whitner than we have seen to date.
Whitner hoped to do what Eric Weddle somehow managed to do this offseason, combine mediocrity with a team eager to overspend and cash in with a top 5 contract. Alas it was not to be. Whitner could not turn his contract year into a career contract.
Little has been heard of his free agent journey. Some rumors began swirling regarding the Bengals, but those quickly fell apart. As of today, I am not aware of any suitors competing for his services. Capitalism at its finest here boys, the market is dictating Whitner's value. Clearly he and his agent failed to appreciate his market before hitting free agency.
Whitner has his much chronicled limitations. His coverage skills would be poor for a linebacker, yet alone a safety. He has been a key contributor towards the frustrating inability of the Bills to cover a tight end since 2006.
I suppose the rambling point of my post is this. First, to a small extent it allows us fans to revel in his comeuppance. He's getting what he deserves, after trying so hard to convince everyone he was so great.
Second, I am still interested to see where he goes and for how much. The season is fast approaching. I've heard next to nothing about his whereabouts. His twitter posts suggest he longs to return to Buffalo, which is odd since he set fire to that bridge while he ran out the door. I think that door is soundly closed. I'm curious to see if anybody has any thoughts on possible landing spots or if anyone has heard any rumors about his suitors.