Gipson admits he wasn’t happy with second-round tender

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Browns safety Tashaun Gipson has returned to the team after signing a second-round restricted free agency tender. And while the one-year, $2.356 million deal is more than he ever made in three years as an undrafted free agent, he admits that he wished the Browns had applied the first-round tender, which would have paid him nearly a million more.

“I would say the most frustrating part about it was it was a possibility that I could have went somewhere else, and I felt like as a player, everyone knows the first-round tender is kind of like the ‘don’t touch’ zone,” Gipson told reporters, via a transcript distributed by the team. “For the most part, the second round is. I wouldn’t quite call it a diss. It was more so frustration that, ‘Hey, they hit me with a second-round tender,’ and it was that part about it that kind of pushed me back and said, ‘Hey, this is a business.'”

For Gipson, the gesture opened his eyes about the practical side of pro football.

“When I talked to them and they explained what the second-round tender was about, I opened my eyes and said, ‘Hey, I understand that this is a business and I’ve just got to conduct myself like a business,'” Gipson said. “I can’t be that wide-eyed undrafted rookie no more. I’ve got to conduct and understand that’s how it works.

“Was it a dis? No, because everything in this league is about business. The sooner you understand that, the easier you’ll be able to get out of your feelings. Would I have liked to be a first-round tender? Absolutely, make no mistake about it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that I wasn’t pleased, but at the end of the day, I’m here and I’m ready to play football.”

Well, he’s not exactly ready to play football. He has a hamstring injury, which has left his head coach disappointed. And it sounds like Gipson won’t be practicing at all until training camp.

“The hamstring, it’s just something that’s a little tight, something that you don’t want to further [strain], be problematic and then you’re having to rehab it and it’s something that’s lingering on after training camp,” Gipson said. “We’d rather fix the problem now, get rid of it and then get ready to train and get ready for training camp, be full go.”

Maybe Gipson understands the business of football extremely well. Maybe instead of continuing to hold out, he found a way to hold in, at least for the three-day mandatory minicamp.

8 responses to “Gipson admits he wasn’t happy with second-round tender

  1. Just another football player who thinks due to the annually rising cap that he’s worth more cash. Poor baby.

  2. Hey, Tashaun, love you brother! But if no one was willing to give a 2 for you, why the hell would anyone give a 1 for you? You got to prove it to get paid, bruh. Quit whinin’ and get to work.

  3. We may miss him, but we need team guys , not me first guys. He signs his tender and shows up with a hamstring pulled while working out on his own. Weak game. Grow up and show me if you got what it takes to be a man. If not, cya!

  4. Its a browns player on the Browns team,!,!,! Does it even matter????? last place In the AFC North again, That’s what browns fans can count on. Not 1, Not 2, Not 3, all wait that’s your other garbage team. Cleveland fans Just go get whatever cheap beer you drink and pull up a chair to watch your river fire, and just be thank full your not Detroit.

  5. Obviously the Browns made the right business decision and saved themselves nearly a million bucks.

  6. Translation: I was sure that some other team would step up with an offer when they only had to give up a second round draft pick, but the phone never rang.

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