Bills safety Donte Whitner revealed last week that his agent and the team have been in negotiations on a new contract. He expressed optimism that a deal would get done before he became an unrestricted free agent in March. Now he isn't so sure.
Prior to Thursday's practice, Whitner said contract talks have stalled to the point where he could end up leaving the Bills via free agency after the season.
"Things are not going the way I want them to go or getting it done,'' he said. "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.''
Whitner first gave everyone an indication that contract negotiations weren't going well when he posted the following message on his Twitter account early Thursday morning:
"Been up since 5 watching Dolphins film...received some not so good info yesterday Bills fans... My future here.... :-(''
Whitner said his agent, Tom Condon, was scheduled to speak to the Bills again today.
Whitner is in the final year of a contract he signed as a rookie in 2006. The sixth year of the deal was voided after achieving a certain percentage of playing time.
Whitner expressed his desire to stay with the Bills, who he believes are finally headed in the right direction under first-year head coach Chan Gailey. But Whitner' said the chances of a deal getting done before the end of the season does not look good.
"If it continues to go the same way, then obviously I’m going to have to hit the market and see my true value and see how other teams view me and how they value me,'' he said. "I don’t really think there’s a lot of time to really play around. I want to be here and let’s see if Buffalo wants me to stay here.''
We'll have more on this story in Friday's Buffalo News.
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