Texans news: Details on Tashaun Gipson's 3-year deal with Houston
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Contract details released for Tashaun Gipson’s 3-year deal with Texans

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The Houston Texans signed safety Tashaun Gipson. He will be the Texans’ replacement for  Tyrann Mathieu. According to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL, Gipson’s three-year deal with the Texans is worth $22.5 million with $11.3 million fully guaranteed at signing, he’ll earn a minimum of $8.05m in his first year.

Chiefs will sign Mathieu, the former Cardinals and Texans safety when the new league year begins on Wednesday, for three-years, $42 million, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

An undrafted free agent, Gipson spent the first four years of his career with the Browns and the past three with the Jaguars before they cut him  to manufacture some cap space, which they then used on quarterback Nick Foles. In his seven-year career, Gipson has appeared in 98 of 112 possible games with 90 starts. He’s averaged 41 solo tackles, 5.6 passes defended, and 2.9 interceptions per season.

Gipson is more of a traditional safety, unlike the Swiss Army knife-like Mathieu, but has 20 career interceptions in his seven NFL seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 after picking off six passes in 11 games with Cleveland.

The Texans reportedly wanted to keep Mathieu, and according to The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer, they offered him a long-term deal that would’ve paid him more than $9.5 million per year. Mathieu ended up getting $14 million per year from the Chiefs. He had tweeted that a ring was more important than money, but ended up with both.

Not dwelling on his decision to go to Kansas City, Houston was quickly linked to former Seahawk safety Earl Thomas, but are reportedly out on him after signing Gibson. The Texans’ offense drew most of the attention during playoff run this past season, because of Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins. However, their defense played a significant role in their success, ranking as the seventh-best defense by DVOA.