The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with free agent safety Tashaun Gipson, according to a report by Adam Caplan of ESPN. The former Cleveland Browns safety was expected to be a hot commodity in a thin safety free agent market, but after a down year returning from injury how much teams would be in play was a question, but the Jaguars have snapped him up after missing out on Olivier Vernon earlier.
#Jaguars and S Tashaun Gipson agreed to terms on contract, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 9, 2016
Gipson, 25, had an outstanding season for the Browns two years ago and appeared as if he was finally blossoming into a top flight NFL safety, but an injury cut his season short and he was hit with an RFA tender and set to prove it again another year. While Gipson didn't necessarily have a bad season in 2015, he wasn't able to replicate his previous success, so there's still a bit of a question mark for him going forward.
The #Jaguars signed S Tashaun Gipson to a 5-year deal worth a maximum of $35.5M, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
The guaranteed money for Gipson hasn't been reported yet, but that clearly shows the team expects him to be the starter at free safety next season. And before anyone thinks that rules out Jalen Ramsey from being the Jaguars pick, he can be a fit at both safety spots and also at corner.