Whitner updates contract talks with the Bills

December 16, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM EDT

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Whitner updates contract talks with the Bills

December 16, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW.com) The Buffalo Bills have three games left in the 2010 season. Will they be the final three for Safety Donte Whitner in a Bills uniform? The first round pick out of Ohio State back in 2006 updated contract talks with the team on Thursday. Whitner is in the final year of his contract he signed as a rookie. Read below for the transcript of his comments on Thursday.

Bills Safety Donte Whitner

On contract discussions with the Bills:
Things aren’t going the way I want them to go or getting it done. It might come to me actually hitting the free agent market because we’re far off. We’re far off in dollars. We’re far off in everything. So, that’s what it’s going to be.

On if he is surprised by not being on the same page as the organization:
Yeah I am. I’m very surprised. I actually got this information from my agent yesterday. There’s supposed to be another conversation today, but if things continue to go the way they’re going, obviously I’m going to have to hit the free agent market and see my true value outside the Buffalo Bills.

On if he’s shocked it’s came to the possibility of hitting the free agent market:
I was very optimistic, but that stuff changes in the blink of an eye. So, we’ll see how it goes. We’re supposed to get a call today. If it continues to go the same way, then obviously I’m going to have to hit the market to see my true value and see how other teams view me and how they value me.

On if it hurts to be talking about this:
Yeah because I’ve been here five years. This is the team that drafted me. Things haven’t gone the way we obviously wanted them to go since I’ve been here. I obviously have voiced that I do want to stay here. They do know that. I do think there is a lot of promise around here. We are moving in the right direction, but I only can do what I can do. I only can control what I can control. If the CBA goes through and everything I’m an unrestricted free agent. So, that’s one thing I can control.

On if it’s bad news because of how far apart the two parties are from reaching an agreement:
Yeah because of how far apart we are and how late it is in the season. If this was earlier in the season it would be different, but we have 15-16 days left until that last game and it’s all over. I don’t really think there is a lot of time to play around. I want to be here and we’ll see if Buffalo wants me to stay here.

On the season he is having and his production on the field:
I think it came together based on the position the coaching staff allowed me to be in, based on the scheme that we play here now – not actually doing things that don’t suit my skills and the things that I like to do. The coaching staff, they’ve voiced that they want me here. I want to be here. So, we’ll see how it goes.

On the going rate for defensive backs in the NFL:
Not even cornerbacks, but defensive backs. There’s a going rate and you can only tell once you truly hit the market and see your actual value and see how teams look at you and how they value you – how personnel around the National Football League look at you. So, I’ll be able to see. There’s a little time, but there’s not much time and it’s not looking too good right now.

On if the Bills are falling well short of the current going rate for defensive backs:
Yeah, we’re well short, but we’ll see. We’re well short right now and it doesn’t look too good.

On if he is hoping everything can be worked out:
I want to work it out. I want to work it out. I want to stay here, but that’s the only thing I can control – what I want. I can’t control what the team wants or what anybody else wants. I can only control what I want. If it comes down to it, I will test the market. I feel like that’s what it’s going to end up coming to and we don’t have much time to get it done.

On if there is a date to get this done by:
I don’t think there’s a drop dead date, but I know that the season is over. Once the season is over, I don’t know the guidelines, but I know you can start to check your value and see who’s in it with you and who wants you and who doesn’t. So, I think that comes shortly after the season is over. So, we’ll see.

On if the fact that the Bills signed LB Chris Kelsay earlier this season add to his disappointment:
No, because he was obviously due to be a free agent. Who’s to say who they signed first or who they keep or who they don’t – that has nothing to do with me. The only thing I can control and worry about is my situation. Five years ago I signed a deal and fulfilled it. I have three games to go to fulfill my obligations here and hopefully it can go beyond that time. We have three games, 15-16 days left and we’ll see how it goes. But right now it’s not looking good.

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