Browns HC Mike Pettine told reporters on Tuesday that he’s “very optimistic” they will have a long-term agreement in place with restricted free agent FS Tashaun Gipson at some point, per Scott Petrak.
This comes just a day after Gipson skipped the beginning of the Browns’ offseason program.
Cleveland used a second-round tender on Gipson that will pay him $2.356 million for the 2015 season. Teams have until Friday to sign Gipson to an offer sheet, but this would require them to part with a second-round pick in the event the Browns pass on matching their offer.
Gipson, 24, signed on with the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming back in 2012.
Last year, he appeared in 11 games for the Browns and recorded 52 tackles, six interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and eight pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 10 safety out of 87 qualifying players.