“Antoine is a durable, experienced player who has competed at a high level throughout his career in the National Football League,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. “He has proven to be a man of high character and is a welcome addition to our team and the Bay Area community.”
A two-time Pro-Bowl selection, Bethea (5-11, 206) was originally drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round (207th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. In his career, he has started all 123 games in which he has played, and his current streak of 96 consecutive games started is the longest by an active NFL safety. Bethea has topped 100 tackles in each of the last six seasons, while also being voted the Colts Man of the Year in 2013 and the team’s recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 2012.
Last season, Bethea posted 121 tackles, six passes defensed, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one sack. In eight seasons with the Colts, he tallied 935 tackles, 14 interceptions, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, 3.5 sacks and 47 passes defensed.
A 29-year old native of Newport News, VA, Bethea was a three-time All-Mid-Eastern Conference Selection at Howard University.