Donte Whitner, one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the NFL, has signed a 4-year, $28 million deal with the Cleveland Browns. Whitner will seamlessly replace TJ Ward, who will be released. Whitner is a missile in the secondary – Ward was, too – and in a classic move last season, after an ESPN analyst questioned his speed, Whitner tweeted out his 40-time from the Combine.
In addition to Whitner, the Browns added Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby (4 years, $24 million, $14 million guaranteed) to fill the hole left when they released D’Qwell Jackson last week. Dansby, 32, has had a solid career with the Cardinals and Dolphins.
It’ll be interesting to see what Cleveland does to bolster its meek offense. It still has no quarterback or running back. Maybe new coach Mike Pettine decided new GM Ray Farmer should build up the defense first, then focus on the offense?
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