Haden: Gipson will return to practice

Cornerback believes fast-rising free safety will attend mandatory sessions

The Cleveland Browns slapped Tashaun Gipson with a second-round tender worth more than $2 million earlier this year as free agency began. The three-year veteran, however, believes that he deserves more. Gipson has until June 15th to sign the tender, or he risks additional loss of income.

Daryl Ruiter of CBS Cleveland quizzed another member of the Browns secondary about Gipson’s situation this morning. Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, attending the Cleveland Browns Foundation golf outing this morning, told Ruiter that he knew that Gipson is “a little upset”, but feels that Gipson will return for training camp.

“I know he’s a little upset,” Haden said. “We know that when things get mandatory he knows he’s got his spot. He’s going to be our free safety. We got Whitner as the strong. Really with the stuff we’re doing now I don’t think he’s going to be … he’s not going to be behind. When Tashaun gets out here he’s the type of player he’s a very fast learner. And you can’t teach his ability.”

“I don’t think he’s thinking about holding out of training camp,” Haden told Ruiter. “He understands what’s going on. He’s going to be out there for training camp for sure.”

Gipson has refrained from participating in the voluntary training activities in Berea this off-season, reportedly instead working out in Texas.

The concern about Gipson’s attendance is further evidence of his quick rise from an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming into a Pro Bowl free safety for the Browns. Gipson registered six interceptions in eleven games in 2014 before suffering a knee injury against the Falcons.

The Browns have expressed interest in signing Gipson to a long-term deal, and Gipson clearly believes that he deserves one. Hopefully those two interests will meet before Gipson qualifies for unrestricted free agency in the near future.

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