Tashaun Gipson is heading back to the Windy City. The veteran safety is returning to play for the Chicago Bears for another year after playing alongside All-Pro Eddie Jackson in 2020. According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, who first reported the news, the Bears are signing Gipson to a one-year deal. Chicago is also bringing back veterans Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson, so the safeties room is going to look pretty similar for the Bears this coming season.
Gipson, who is entering his 10th year in the league, played well in his brief stint in Chicago last year. The journeyman safety entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2012, signing with the Cleveland Browns. He spent his first four years in Cleveland before heading to Jacksonville to play with the Jaguars, where he played for three seasons. He landed in Houston with the Texans for the 2019 season before finding a spot on Chicago’s defense last year.
He started all 16 games for the Bears in 2020, and his two interceptions were tied for the team lead. He finished with 66 total tackles (48 solo), a fumble recovery and seven pass breakups, and he became a reliable presence for the Bears in the secondary. With Gipson and Jackson returning as the team’s two starting safeties, it will be the first time since the 2018 season Chicago has the same two players starting at the position in back-to-back years.
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