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Antoine Bethea says goodbye to Colts, finds new home with 49ers

Anotine Bethea, former safety for the Indianapolis Colts
Anotine Bethea, former safety for the Indianapolis ColtsPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts are at it once again, rearranging their team in hopes to find the perfect combination to advance to the championship. As soon as NFL Free agency opened at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, many changes started to happen in Indianapolis. The Colts re-signed essential players, signed talented veterans and released a couple fan favorites. Safety Antoine Bethea finds himself in a new city as he signs with the 49ers.

In his eight years donning the horseshoe, Bethea has become a force to be reckoned with in Indianapolis. Drafted in 2006 by Indianapolis, this veteran safety quickly became a reliable and valuable asset to the Colts' defensive scheme.

Bethea has accumulated 806 combined tackles, 3.5 sacks and 14 interceptions in his 123 games with the Colts. He also was responsible for 5 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries in his time in Indianapolis.

Bethea now finds himself in San Francisco playing for the NFC Divisional Round Champion 49ers. While many fans and former teammates will be sad to see him go, everyone wishes him well. A few members of the Colts squad showed their admiration and support for Bethea on Twitter.

  • Pat McAfee tweets "Congrats to the man @Tweez41... One of the best humans I've ever been around.. San Fran is going to love him"
  • Jerrell Freeman posted "hate to see The General @Tweez41 go...great man, great leader...good luck my dude! BACK TO WORK BABY!! #BleedBlue #GoColtsDammit"
  • Bethea has been a leader for the Colts and a valued citizen of the city. He joined in on the Twitter feeds to express his adoration for the city of Indianapolis and Colts fans alike. "Indy it's been real... Fans and city showed me nothing but love my eight years there and greeted me w/ open arms Appreciate all the support!"

The 49ers have picked up a talented veteran that will become a leader on and off the field. There is no doubt that Bethea will do great things wherever he plays. Indianapolis will surely miss Bethea, but we wish him well in his new home.