The 49ers have reached an agreement with Antoine Bethea on a four-year contract on Tuesday afternoon, according to Adam Schefter. It is reported that it will be a four-year contract worth $21 million, according to the Associated Press.
San Francisco would lose SS Donte Whitner to the Cleveland Browns as he reached a four-year $28 million agreement earlier today. As a former Ohio State Buckeye, Whitner hinted on his Twitter that he would be returning to his home state of Ohio. The 49ers would expect Bethea to start right away with the loss of Whitner.
Bethea was initially a sixth-round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in 2006. He led the team in tackles and has registered at least 100 in each of the last four seasons as their starting safety. Bethea recorded two interceptions last year after having zero in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He had 12 interceptions in his first five seasons in the league.
Whitner was flagged five times during the 2013 season for unnecessary roughness penalties. On the flip side, Bethea didn't register a single penalty last season. Both Eric Reid and Bethea will enter the 2014 season coming off a penalty-free season in 2013.