Jun 4, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive back Johnson Bademosi (24) during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns Starting Free Safety Could Be Johnson Bademosi

Earlier in the offseason, we passed along the news that the Cleveland Browns were intrigued by second-year pro Johnson Bademosi. The team expected Bademosi to compete with fellow second-year pro Tashaun Gipson for the starting free safety job.

Now, according to new speculation from ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi, Bademosi appears to be the favorite to start opposite T.J. Ward.

Bademosi appears like a player who could excel under new defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s aggressive 3-4 scheme. This season, he will be making the move from cornerback to safety.

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.

The free safety battle between Bademosi and Gipson is going to be a key battle during the Browns training camp.

When a starter finally emerges in the Bademosi and Gipson battle, the Browns already impressive secondary is going to finally be rounded out.

Another player to keep an eye on once he becomes healthy is former sixth-round pick Jamoris Slaughter, who is recovering from an Achilles injury.

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