Katie (Login KaBTK) Approved MikeBrownSucks.com Members Posted Aug 4, 2011 4:45 PM
Twenty-two years ago, the San Francisco 49ers pulled a rabbit out of their hat at the last minute against the Cincinnati Bengals to win Super Bowl XXIII. On Thursday, the 49ers did a similar feat against Cincinnati with free-agent safety Donte Whitner.
Cincinnati thought it had Whitner, who agreed to terms to a two-year deal with the Bengals Thursday afternoon. It would have been the Bengals' biggest free-agent acquisition to date.
But San Francisco swooped in late with a better contract for three years at $11.5 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Whitner accepted the offer, while leaving the Bengals empty-handed.
It's another strange episode for Cincinnati, which continues to have a poor offseason. It began when franchise quarterback Carson Palmer demanded a trade and threatened to retire in January. Since then, an offensive coordinator has been fired, No. 1 receiver Chad Ochocinco was traded, tailback Cedric Benson and cornerback Adam Jones were arrested, and the team lost its top in-house free agent in Johnathan Joseph.
Add the Whitner's last-minute swindle to the list. Credit the Bengals for making a good push to temporarily convince Whitner to join Cincinnati. But it wasn't enough.
I ought to be angry by this, but all I can do is laugh.
And Mike Brown fails again.
"With a quarterback greener than a first year, a hovering ghost, and a magic wand of an offense handed down from the founding fathers of the franchise, Jay Gruden is a fiery, passionate underdog in the Harry Potter mold." Geoff Hobson July 15, 2011
Brown on being back to work: "We're like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs."