Last offseason, the Houston Texans signed safety Tashaun Gipson to a three-year, $22,500,000 contract to replace Tyrann Mathieu after Mathieu left Houston to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent. A little more than a year later, Gipson’s time in Houston has come to an unceremonious end.
Texans cutting safety Tashaun Gipson, according to a league source.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 27, 2020
Now that one of their starting safeties has been cut, the Texans find themselves with a $4,250,000.00 dead cap hit.
$4.25m in dead money with this release. Will re-coup some cap dollars in 2021 at the annual adjustment. https://t.co/eVfLFJtZ2C— TexansCap (@TexansCap) April 27, 2020
Gipson played admirably during his time here, locking down tight ends and playing single high safety in our Cover 1 heavy scheme. He dealt with some lingering injuries throughout the year, and it was a very questionable decision, even at the time, for Bill O’Brien to play Gipson in the final regular season game against the Tennessee Titans. Like many of Houston’s defensive starters, Gipson played the first half of that contest.
We later learned that Gipson re-aggravated a back injury in that meaningless regular season game, which landed him on Injured Reserve and ended his season before the NFL Playoffs began. We saw how badly Houston’s defense needed Gipson when they were forced to cover Travis Kelce with Lonnie Johnson Jr. Kelce went off for 10 receptions, 134 yards, and 3 touchdowns in the Divisional Round game that ended Houston’s 2019 campaign.
The Texans signed safeties Eric Murray, Jaylen Watkins and Michael Thomas earlier this offseason, but none of them replicate Gipson’s skill-set. None of them should play a big role in Houston’s defense in 2020. It will be interesting to see who the Texans have in mind to replace Gipson.
Eric Reid, Justin Reid’s brother, is a favourite speculated target. My issue with E. Reid is that he’s purely a box safety. Justin Reid is at his best when he’s in the box, closer to the action, where the Texans can put his great tackling to use. I’d like to see the Texans sign a safety who can play single high, which would allow Anthony Weaver to keep Justin Reid in the box.
In light of today’s news, some would say the Texans should’ve drafted safety Grant Delpit when they had the chance a few days ago in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Who do you want the Texans to sign to replace Tashaun Gipson?