Potential Replacement - Donte Whitner

While desperately surfing the internet for anything football, I came across this list of players that are scheduled to be become free agents on March 13. They are ranked in the order this particular writer has decided based on his assessment of them.

With the 49ers still in the Playoffs, it's definitely hard to care about anything but this year right now. With that being said, it's also fun to look into the future and see what players your team could possibly get. I'm one of the people who are under the impression the 49ers will not re-sign Donte Whitner after this year. Whitner has played well for us after a down year last year, but his $4,933,334 cap number is simply too high to justify especially with Kaep, Crabtree, Aldon and Iupati's contracts looming in the near future. In addition to his price being high, I believe Whitner has already hit the "ceiling" of his career and has no where to go but down. I believe signing someone like Antoine Bethea and drafting a rookie to take over in the next couple years would be our best bet.

Even if you disagree with my quick analysis of Whitner, it's still a possibility he becomes a free agent and hits the open market. Below is a list of the Safety's that are part of the 2014 Free Agent class. Who would you like to see become a 49er starting safety next to Eric Reid next year? Or do you believe is Whitner the best option for the near future?

1. Jairus Byrd
2. T.J. Ward
3. Antoine Bethea
4. Chris Clemons
5. Malcolm Jenkins
6. Stevie Brown
7. Major Wright
8. Nate Allen
9. Charles Woodson
10. Ryan Clark
11. James Ihedigbo
12. Bernard Pollard
13. Donte Whitner
14. Usama Young
15. Kendrick Lewis
16. Mike Adams
17. Michael Mitchell
18. Chris Crocker
19. Yeremiah Bell
20. Quintin Mikell
21. Michael Huff
22. Brandon Meriweather
23. Ryan Mundy
24. Taylor Mays
25. Ed Reed
26. Jim Leonhard
27. Husain Abdullah
28. Darrell Stuckey
29. Sergio Brown
30. Colt Anderson
31. Darian Stewart
32. Craig Steltz
33. Chris Maragos
34. Will Allen
35. Quintin Demps
36. Jeromy Miles
37. Derrick Martin
38. Danny McCray
39. Jerron McMillian
40. Kurt Coleman

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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