49ers act quick to replace Whitner

San Francisco reaches a three-year deal with veteran safety Antoine Bethea. Joe Fortenbaugh

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After free agent safety Donte Whitner bolted town to sign a four-year, $28 million deal with the Cleveland Browns, the San Francisco 49ers didn’t waste any time addressing their newest void.

According to multiple reports, the Niners have reached an agreement with eight-year veteran Antoine Bethea to fill Whitner’s spot at the price of $23 million over four years.

Having spent all eight seasons of his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts, some predicted Bethea would simply re-sign with the organization that selected him in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. But the two-time Pro Bowler apparently had other ideas, which means the Colts will more than likely look to the market to fill Bethea’s spot.

Possible targets include Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, Chris Clemons and Malcolm Jenkins.

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