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Meet the Free Agent: Tashaun Gipson

The Bears have added safety Tashaun Gipson on a one-year contract. Here, we highlight Gipson's history in the NFL.
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Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images

Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images

The former undrafted safety has had quite the journey to the NFL. Tashaun Gipson attended the University of Wyoming for his college football career to play alongside his brother. He started every game in his college career and predominantly played cornerback during this time. However, in his senior season, he made the switch to safety for the final eight games of the campaign.

After his best statistical season, he entered the draft. He never received an invite to the combine, but he did put up solid numbers during his pro day. He went undrafted during the 2012 draft. The Cleveland Browns gave him a call right after the draft and offered him a spot on their 90-man roster. Gipson struggled a little bit early on, thinking if this was going to be the right move. He battled his way on to the 53-man roster and from there he continued that battle, mainly as a special teamer at first. He saw his first start in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 25th, 2012.

Gipson was given the starting position and it quickly became his job to lose. He held the job for quite some time, only missing an occasional game when he dealt with minor injuries. After the 2014 season, he was rewarded for his excellent play with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

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Following the 2015 season, he was let go by the Browns and entered free agency. Gipson found a new home in Jacksonville as their new starting free safety and spent the following three seasons there, playing all 16 games each of those years. After three years in Jacksonville, Gipson joined the Houston Texans, earning another three-year contract.

The 2019 season didn't end the way he wanted, however, and he ended up on IR for the last few games due to a back injury. In an attempt to save money, the Texans decided to part ways with Gipson on April 27, 2020, after only one year of his three-year deal.

On April 30th, 2020, Gipson found a new home when he signed with the Chicago Bears. He agreed to a one-year contract hoping to prove he still has plenty of game left in the tank. The Bears did this last season with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was also coming off a down season after being traded out of Green Bay.

The fanbase should know that they are getting a very competitive player in Gipson. He went from undrafted free agent to Pro Bowl safety in only a matter of years. The Bears have found another versatile safety to pair with their star Eddie Jackson. Not only is this encouraging, but it feels like the Bears defense has addressed their holes this offseason. Who knows what could happen if the offense starts to get on track?