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Updated 5:20 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 4

Former Bills S Donte Whitner told Sal Capaccio of Buffalo Bills Now that he agreed to a two-year deal with the Bengals. But later in the day on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Whitner in fact signed with the 49ers, a three-year deal worth $11.75 million with $4 million guaranteed.

"Its official...49ers it is!" Whitner tweeted. "Instead of playing against the 9ers I'm playing w/ the 9ers..."

Schefter reported that the Niners are dangling Taylor Mays as trade bait.

In five seasons with the Bills, Whitner started 66 games and recorded five interceptions. Last season was the first in Whitner's career in which he started all 16 games. He recorded career-highs in tackles (140) and passes defensed (seven).

The Bills drafted three defensive backs, including S Da'Norris Searcy in April.

The way we see it

Details have yet to emerge on the confusion involving Whitner's fake-out, but it make sense considering the 49ers seem to be willing to part ways with Mays.

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