AURORA (92.3 The Fan) – Safety Tashaun Gipson hasn’t been seen this offseason in Berea.
The reason is simple: Gipson was not thrilled when the Browns slapped a second round tender on him before free agency began, and some question as to whether or not the Pro Bowl safety will even show up for training camp.
But not cornerback Joe Haden.
“I don’t think he’s thinking about holding out of training camp,” Haden said Friday at the Cleveland Browns Foundation golf outing held at Barrington Country Club in Aurora, Ohio. “It’s a business and sometimes when the players do their part of it, being a business it looks a little foggy. I think he’s going to be OK. He understands what’s going on. He’s going to be out there for training camp for sure.”
Gipson, originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, was named to his first Pro Bowl last season despite missing the final 5 games after sustaining a torn right MCL in the fourth quarter Nov. 23 at Atlanta.
As of right now the offseason program is still in the “voluntary” stage with organized team activities set to begin next week so his absence is not detrimental to the defense yet.
“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.”
Gipson was hoping to cash in this offseason after developing into one of the premiere safeties in the game. His 11 interceptions in the last 2 seasons are the second most in the league.
If Gipson doesn’t sign the tender by June 15, the collective bargaining agreement stipulates that the Browns have the right to cut the $2.356 million tender down to 110% of his 2014 salary, which comes out to approximately $627,000.