The Cleveland Browns’ off-season officially began yesterday with voluntary off-season workouts with most players including Johnny Manziel attending. One notable absence was FS Tashaun Gipson who decided to stay at home in Texas rather than attend.
Gipson, who is a restricted free agent is reportedly unhappy that the Browns only placed a second round tender on him rather than a first round tender. A first round tender would be worth $800,000 more to Gipson than his current second round deal. Gipson has yet to resign on the second round tender meaning teams have until Friday to offer him a contract with the Browns having the right to match any offer. Gipson, an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming went to the Probowl last year after leading the league with 6 INTs despite missing 5 games at the end of the season with injury.
While Gipson won’t be fined any money for skipping off-season workouts but still is not the best sign when the Browns are looking to resign him to a long term deal. Coach Mike Pettine said recently though that he is “very optimistic” that a long term deal will agreed with Gipson. If a long term deal can’t be worked out Gipson will become a free agent after this season and could end signing a big deal elsewhere.