Report: Teams are showing interest in Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson

Tashaun Gipson, Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Tashaun Gipson, Jacksonville Jaguars. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, teams have expressed interest in a deal involving Jacksonville Jaguars safety Tashaun Gipson.

Could the Jacksonville Jaguars open the 2019 season with two different starters at safety from 2018? The team released Barry Church in December after losing his spot to then rookie Ronnie Harrison. Now, rumors have the team potentially trading Tashaun Gipson to free up cap space as free agency begins in one week.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first had the news on his Twitter account. It’s a move that would allow the Jaguars more financial freedom this month and could also mean the front office can be more active in signing a veteran quarterback. General Manager David Caldwell told the media in Indianapolis during the Combine the Jaguars will be more agressive in free agency and the NFL Draft.

Last month, defensive end Marcell Dareus went to team officials and offered to restructure his contract to remain in Jacksonville. Defensive end Calais Campbell has openly said he would restructure his deal for the good of the team.

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"“Moving Gipson would create $7.45 million in space and the need to find space as well as the belief that Gipson is available may also mean that he’s destined to get cut if no trade materializes,” writes Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.“Should that happen, the pool of safeties will have as little breathing room as the Jaguars currently enjoy under the salary cap.”"

The Jaguars signed Jarrod Wilson to a contract extension after the 2018 season.

Per, Wilson signed a 3 year, $7,250,000 contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including a $1,750,000 signing bonus, $2,200,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,416,667.

The Jaguars signed Tashaun Gipson to a five-year, $36 million contract in 2016 that included a $12 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4 million. The 28-year-old had four interceptions in 2017 but only had one last season. He has played in all 48 regular season games as a member of the team.

It was believed Gipson would become a cap casualty because of his high salary. He has the seventh highest salary of any player on the current roster and the Jaguars would take a $9.050 million cap hit if he remains with the organization. His base salary for 2019 is 7.25 million and he is scheduled to make $7 million in 2020, the final year of the deal he originally signed with the Jaguars.

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The Jaguars currently have four safeties on their roster. In addition to Tashaun Gipson, Harrison and Wilson, the team has special teams ace Cody Davis at the position.