"In just three seasons, Gipson has transformed from undrafted rookie to Pro Bowler." -Narrator, NFL Top 100
Congratulations to Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson, who was ranked at No. 67 on the list of the NFL's Top 100 Players of 2015. This is the first time in Gipson's career that he has made the list, and I'm sure it will only continue to fuel the fire in him as he tries to negotiate a new contract with the Browns. He was upset by the team offering him a 2nd round tender this offseason instead of a 1st round tender, a difference of about $1 million. Because of that, Gipson is not participating in OTAs, which are voluntary.
The NFL's Top 100 list features the top one hundred players in the NFL, as chosen by fellow NFL players. The Browns had three players featured in 2014 -- CB Joe Haden (No. 39), LT Joe Thomas (No. 18), and WR Josh Gordon (No. 16). The rest of this year's list is still being unveiled, but I would expect both Haden and Thomas to be honored again, and if people were really paying attention, they would honor LG Joel Bitonio too.
"He has a nose for the ball. Some how, some way, the ball will find Tashaun," said Browns ILB Craig Robertson, giving a testimonial for Gipson earning a spot in the Top 100. "I don't care, the ball could be thrown out of bounds, hit a fan in the face, and still bounce into Tashaun's hands and he'll get a pick."
The other people with testaments to Gipson's abilities include CB Buster Skrine (Jets), SS Donte Whitner, and CB Joe Haden, all of whom started with Gipson in the secondary last year.
"Gipson should definitely be on the Top 100, he's a baller -- one of the best free safeties in the game," expressed Haden. When Gipson was asked who he felt the top three safeties in the NFL were, he named himself, Earl Thomas (Seahawks), and Eric Weddle (Chargers).