As strong safety Donte Whitner gets set to report next week for this third 49ers training camp, he expressed doubt whether he will be back in 2014.
"I love the Niners! But will I be here next yr?" Whitner wrote Friday morning on Twitter.
He followed it up a few minutes later with the clarification: "Don't get it twisted! I WANT to be here….."
I love the Niners! But will I be here next yr?— TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) July 19, 2013
Don't get it twisted! I WANT to be here.....— TWHITNER (@DonteWhitner) July 19, 2013
Whitner signed a three-year, $11.4 million contract with the 49ers in August 2011. He is scheduled to earn $3.85 million in base salary this season after earning a trip to the Pro Bowl last season for the first time in his seven-year career.
Whitner certainly has reason to have his doubts whether he fits into the 49ers' long-term plans. But he also has the ability to control much of his own fate with his play this season as well as his contract demands.
After all, teammate Justin Smith negotiated his own deal last month and accepted a below-market-value deal that pays him $4.35 million per season to remain with the 49ers through 2015.