Former Pro Bowl safety Donte Whitner will work out with the Washington Redskins following his visit with the New York Giants.On October 2, the New York Giants hosted a slew of veteran safeties for workouts prior to their Monday Night Football contest against the Minnesota Vikings. Among the players was former Cleveland Brown and Pro Bowler Donte Whitner.
New York ultimately chose not to sign any of the players before playing Minnesota, but the team hasn’t ruled out inking one to a deal down the line due to their rash of injuries at the position. Defensive backs Eli Apple, Nat Berhe, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Darian Thompson all watched from the sidelines as their team matched up versus the Vikings.
Meanwhile, backup Trevin Wade had a disastrous showing when pressed into action. Wade allowed a seven-yard touchdown, as well as gains of 30 and 40 yards. The fifth-year veteran also got away with what should have been a pass interference call. Wade got beat deep by Viking’s receiver Adam Thielen and lifted up Theilan’s hand before the ball arrived but received no flag.
New York likely thought they could get away with their reserves until the starters returned from injury, but the debacle in Minnesota likely changed that. Whitner’s veteran presence and hard hitting play could be an attractive option for the Giants. Through 14 games with the Browns in 2015 he recorded 81 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, no interceptions and four pass defended. For his work, Pro Football Focus has him rated as the 24th best safety out of the 89 qualifying players.
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However, the Giants won’t be the only team vying for his services. The Washington Redskins will host Whitner for a workout next per Ian Rapoport. Whitner also claimed via his Twitter account that the Los Angeles Rams and Carolina Panthers had offered him contracts.
@ProFootballTalk btw I was offered a deal from the Rams and the panthers.
— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) October 4, 2016
If New York does make a move to add a defensive back, expect that decision to come soon. Whether they sign Whitner or look elsewhere, the Giants will need to seriously consider bringing in somebody to new their defensive back room. They will have to add another body to their secondary if they expect Apple, Rodgers-Cromartie, Berhe, and Thompson may all miss more time.