Tashaun Gipson Set As Starter In Bears' Secondary

The veteran Gipson was named the Bears' starter at safety alongside Eddie Jackson.

(670 The Score) When the Bears signed veteran safety Tashaun Gipson in early May, they believed he was the best fit on the roster to start alongside Eddie Jackson at safety. But they wanted him to earn it.

Sure enough, Gipson has been named a starter to fill the Bears' void alongside the Pro Bowl selection Jackson. They hope Gipson can bring the continuity at safety that was lacking last season.

"We have similar skill sets," Gipson said Wednesday. "It’s just a lot of interchangeable components between our games. If he wants to be in the middle of the field all game, we’re interchangeable enough where he can go back there and rock out. If he wants to play in the box, he can do that. We have that type of ability between our skill sets, we can do that. Being able to just let guys play to their strengths and room and be free, I think that’s super beneficial between me and him."

Gipson, 30, is an eight-year NFL veteran who was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2014 while he was with the Browns. He played for the Texans in 2019 before being released this spring. The Bears signed him to a one-year deal days later.

Gipson earned the starting job at safety after competing with returning reserve Deon Bush. It didn't come easy for Gipson, who was sidelined late in August with a lower back issue.

But Gipson found his name atop the depth chart this week as the Bears' coaching staff informed him he won the job.

"I couldn’t have been more excited for that opportunity to show that I belong here in such an elite defense with tremendous talent all around," Gipson said. "Just coming in, plugging in and fitting in."

Chicago opens its season at Detroit on Sunday.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.