Tashaun Gipson signs Browns tender; long-term deal still possible

The Cleveland Browns should have their Pro Bowl free safety at minicamp next week.

The team confirmed Friday evening that Tashaun Gipson had signed his second-round tender. Gipson had stayed away from voluntary offseason work because he had been unhappy about receiving the second-round offer as a restricted free agent. A first-round tender would have paid him just less than $1 million more.

The Browns still can work out a long-term deal with Gipson, but if the two sides don't agree, Gipson could play for one season for $2.356 million and become a free agent after the season.

Earlier in the week, Gipson appeared on Wyoming radio station KFBC (he went to college at Wyoming) and said he would be playing in Cleveland this season, under either a one-year deal or a long-term contract.

"When he's here, he'll be welcomed," Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday.

Gipson was an undrafted free agent who worked his way to a Pro Bowl spot last season. He finished tied for the league lead with six interceptions despite missing five games with a knee injury that did not require surgery.

"I love the city of Cleveland," Gipson said on KFBC. "There's no other team that I would rather play for."