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Jacksonville Jaguars sign Tashaun Gipson: Grade, reaction and more

Veteran safety Tashaun Gipson will be remaining in the AFC South after inking a deal with the defending division champion Houston Texans.

In 2017, the Jacksonville Jaguars were within one quarter of reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. One season later, they were back to being a resident of the AFC South basement. That means there would be changes for a club that finished six games behind the division-champion Houston Texans.

The Jaguars recently released running back Carlos Hyde, right tackle Jermey Parnell, defensive tackle Malik Jackson and free safety Tashaun Gipson. All but Parnell have now found new homes as the latter is about to ink a deal with Bill O’Brien’s Texans.

It’s a much-needed pickup for defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. The team released cornerback Kevin Johnson and both Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson are signing with the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, respectively.

Contract Details

Via Albert Breer of MMQB, Gipson is getting a three-year contract just over $22 million.

National Reaction

Gipson started every game in his three seasons with the Jaguars. And according to the staff at Pro Football Focus (subscription required), he’s “Above Average” in terms of his total game as well as pass coverage. That wasn’t necessarily reflected in terms of takeaways as the seven-year pro managed only one interceptions and zero fumble recoveries in 2018. In three seasons with Jacksonville, Gipson totaled a half-dozen picks, with four coming in ’17.

He joins a Houston team that forced 29 turnovers this past season, the second-most in the NFL. It’s worth noting that 14 of his 20 career interceptions came during his four years with the Cleveland Browns. So has Gipson lost his ball-hawking touch? That remains to be seen. His familiarity with the AFC South is a big plus. But he could be a player on the downside of his career.

The Texans’ defense allowed the fifth-most passing yards in the league this past season. So can Gipson be the first of many moves that will make for a better secondary? Stay tuned.

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