Dec 8, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) makes a catch while being hit by Indianapolis Colts strong safety Antoine Bethea (41) during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Antoine Bethea Coming To San Francisco 49ers After Donte Whitner Bolts


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:

 

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.

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