6 Former Bears Chicago Should Sign for a Reunion in Free Agency

Could the Bears bring back some familiar faces in 2024?

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2. Tashaun Gipson, S

Back in 2012, Tashuan Gipson entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Wyoming. He signed with the Cleveland Browns and quickly proved he belonged. As a rookie, he played in 10 games with three starts and had 33 tackles and an interception. He was quickly named a starter and by year two, he started to put up some impressive numbers.

Gipson had 95 tackles and five picks in 2013 followed by 52 tackles and six interceptions in just 11 games in 2014. Eventually, he hit the open market and landed a five-year, $36 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He continued to play well for them but was a cap casualty in 2019 which led to a one-year stint in Houston. From there, he headed to the Windy City where he played for the Bears in 2020 and 2021.

As a starting strong safety, Gipson had 113 tackles, four interceptions, and a sack for Chicago. He wasn't re-signed in 2022 and landed with the San Francisco 49ers where he's remained an effective starter. Despite turning 32 before the 2022 campaign, Gipson still registered 121 tackles and six picks over the past two years for the 49ers.

With Chicago releasing Eddie Jackson this offseason, they could look for a reunion with Gipson. He's not a long-term answer but can still give them at least one solid season while they look for an answer to pair with Jaquan Brisker.