The San Francisco 49ers lost Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner on Tuesday to the Cleveland Browns but landed his replacement within the first few minutes of free agency.
Former Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea announced the move via Twitter:
Glad to be a Niner!! Going to the Bay!!!
— Antoine Bethea (@Tweez41) March 11, 2014
ESPN reported Bethea’s contract is expected to be for four years and $23 million. (h/t CSNBayArea.com)
Bethea spent the first eight years of his career with the Colts, earning Pro Bowl berths after the 2007 and 2009 seasons. Last season, he started all 16 games and had two interceptions, eight passes defensed, one sack and 110 tackles.
He hasn’t missed a game since 2007, starting 96 straight games. He has 14 career interceptions.
Bethea, 29, was a sixth-round pick of the Colts out of Howard in 2006 and won a Super Bowl ring as a rookie with Indianapolis.
Whitner reportedly signed for four years and $28 million in Cleveland after three years with the 49ers.