Cleveland Browns' Tashaun Gipson Set To Test NFL's Open Market

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Feb 23, 2016 02:46 PM EST
Tashaun Gipson #39 of the Cleveland Browns
Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries the ball in front of Tashaun Gipson #39 of the Cleveland Browns during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 12, 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. "

The Cleveland Browns are looking more and more likely like they're going to allow Tashaun Gipson to hit the open market, according to Gipson has managed an interception in all four seasons he has been with the Browns, recording 14 in total. He has two defensive touchdowns, a forced fumble, and 240 combined tackles.

The one area the Browns were not satisfied with was his inability to stay healthy. In 2012, he only played in 10 games but started in three, in 2014 he played and started in 11 games, and last season he played and started in 13 games. The only season Gipson was healthy for all 16 games was his 2013 season.

There is a desperate need in the NFL for good safeties and Gipson could be a great one if he lands with the right team, according to ESPN. Currently the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and the Carolina Panthers could all use help from a well-rounded safety. and there are only three available in this free agency period.

Gipson, Eric Weddle and Eric Berry will make up the top three safeties of this free agent class. Berry will either likely get tagged, resigned or snatched up by the highest bidder, which would leave Weddle and Gipson to the runners up. Gipson could land with the Giants who are desperate for a safety according to ESPN; the Falcons, who are looking to solidify their defensive backfield under Dan Quinn; or the Raiders, who keep adding to what is already an impressive defensive core. Whoever picks up Gipson will get a reliable playmaker who can be counted on week after week.

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