The Bears have re-signed Tashaun Gipson to a one-year contract, reports ESPN’s Dan Graziano. Concrete financial terms have not yet been disclosed.
A valued veteran contributor alongside Eddie Jackson last season, the 30-year-old makes his official return to the lakefront. In his debut season with Chicago, Gipson had 66 tackles, seven pass deflections, and two interceptions. He’s not the flashiest or most gifted of safeties that will tilt the field in favor of his unit. But he understands his place as a role player, and certainly suffices in such a respect.
With a new defensive coordinator, Sean Desai, running the show, and without Kyle Fuller (in Denver), it made sense for the Bears to maintain as much continuity in the secondary as possible. They will now have the same pair of safeties, Eddie Jackson and Gipson, for two straight seasons for the first time since Adrian Amos’ departure. That kind of continuity might especially benefit the former All-Pro in the 27-year-old Jackson, who has not been the same ballhawk on the back-end in recent years. Having a secondary partner who understands his strengths and calls should undoubtedly provide a boon to both Jackson, and the rest of the Bears defense.
After a couple of years as a top-flight defense, the Bears experienced a precipitous decline in 2020. They’ll be looking to rebound this coming fall. Gipson will likely have a sizable role in any elevation of play.