Dec 9, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson (39) returns an interception against the Kansas City Chiefs in the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns' Tashaun Gipson Favorite to Start at Free Safety

While teams are looking to get an idea about their starting lineups for the 2013 NFL season, the Cleveland Browns are no different. During OTAs and minicamps, the Browns are looking to find a free safety to start opposite T.J. Ward and it looks like they have their man. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Tashaun Gipson is the favorite to land the starting gig coming in to his second season in the league.

Gipson has the early lead in the race, but Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer reports that the Browns will also look to work in sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter once he is healthy. From her report:

Sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter (Achilles) will be worked into the mix when he gets healthy. The Browns are working second-year DB Johnson Bademosi at safety instead of cornerback this year.

Slaughter will get a chance to contribute, but it is unlikely that he will get his hands on the starting gig.

Gipson entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming in 2012 and he started three games just a season ago. In his ten appearances, Gipson had 33 tackles, one pass deflection and an interception.

It will be interesting to see what he can do in 2013 with a full offseason of first-team reps.

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