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Whitner says he expects Gipson to leave Browns

Tashaun Gipson AP

Browns safety Donte Whitner told reporters Monday night that he doesn’t expect free agent-to-be safety Tashaun Gipson to be back with the Browns.

I want to be hopeful,” Whitner said, per “But knowing him as a personal friend, having our conversations, I don’t think that he’s too hopeful that he’s going to be back. So we’ll see where it goes. There’s still a lot of time till free agency, till you have to put the tag on guys and so on and so on. But from our personal conversations, I really don’t [think he will be back]. But hopefully that can change.”

A report last week said Gipson “expects to move on” from the Browns. The Browns aren’t expected to use the franchise or transition tags on any of their pending free agents before Tuesday’s deadline.

The free agent market officially opens on March 9.

Gipson, 25, was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014, when he finished with six interceptions in 11 games. He had two interceptions in 13 games last season. He and Whitner have started together the last two seasons.

“Just knowing what he can do on the football field when he’s healthy, when he’s in the right situation how he likes to go and attack the football, how he attacks his work every day, still being a young safety and being able to produce in this league, and still having a lot to learn, I think it will be a blow,” Whitner said. “But that’s what this league is about. Sometimes you lose players, you have to develop players, sometimes you have to bring guys in, free agency, so I really don’t know the plan, but me personally, I do think it would be a blow.”

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11 Responses to “Whitner says he expects Gipson to leave Browns”
  1. vikings797 says: Feb 29, 2016 8:25 PM

    Seems like a very good year for teams looking for a safety in free agency.

  2. TheBrownsareClowns says: Feb 29, 2016 8:41 PM

    For a garbage team, the Browns players sure love to talk to reporters

  3. mrfrostyj says: Feb 29, 2016 8:59 PM

    As he should. History shows the Cleveland Browns make guys look way better than they really are and those guys usually fall off after they leave (Hillis, Richardson, Cameron, Hoyer, Taylor, Skrine etc). Browns aren’t going to overpay for a guy they made literally from scratch as an undrafted free agent when they can (and probably will) get the same production from whomever they replace him with.

    As far as Gipson is concerned he needs to get some desperate team to throw as much money as possible for him while his stock is high. Win/win for both parties involved.

  4. laukkanen5 says: Feb 29, 2016 9:50 PM

    the browns can lose 10 plus games for the 8th time in 9 yrs next season with or without him….
    but don’t worry, Sashi is in charge…

  5. raiderraffeal says: Feb 29, 2016 9:51 PM

    The Oakland Raider have the most cap space and have a need for a young Safety. Sounds like a good match.

  6. purplepeople1 says: Feb 29, 2016 10:13 PM

    Go get him Zimmer

  7. bucfanforlife says: Feb 29, 2016 11:04 PM

    i believe the guy who brought him to Cleveland now now works for the bucs welcome to tampa

  8. firstdownbrowns says: Feb 29, 2016 11:18 PM

    any FA would be foolish not to test the waters. but the grass isn’t always greener. a lot of these guys sign big deals and get cut a year later. watch what you wish for.

  9. ohand16 says: Feb 29, 2016 11:49 PM

    How could Donte Hitner still be in the league? I’m being 100% serious.
    He is beyond horrible

  10. kfoyo808 says: Mar 1, 2016 6:09 AM

    Better use of $ than Sammy Bradford will be.

  11. bassplucker says: Mar 2, 2016 12:28 PM

    Bears. Despite spending one or two draft picks every year (literally) on safety during the Lovie years they haven’t had an impact player at that position since Mike Brown hung it up. Vic Fangio’s defense requires a stud safety and Gipson is the best available and even more so when you consider this year’s draft class at the position is weak.

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