The Cleveland Browns have had a torrid time of things over the past couple of seasons.
With their franchise quarterback of the future in Johnny Manziel looking likely to be kicked off the team for various incidents, including one potential domestic assault, and star wide receiver Josh Gordon missing basically most of the last two years because of suspensions, the Browns have had very little to celebrate for a while now.
Well, things might be set to get even worse as Donte Whitner revealed on Monday night that he thinks star safety Tashaun Gipson will leave the Browns in free agency.
Speaking to cleveland.com earlier this week, Whitner revealed that he had spoken to Gipson recently and that the impression he got is that Gipson will be moving on when the time comes.
“I want to be hopeful,” Whitner said. “But knowing him as a personal friend, having our conversations, I don’t think that he’s too hopeful that he’s going to be back. So we’ll see where it goes."
Whitner did go on to add that there is still significant amount of time before free agency opens and nothing is yet confirmed, but even still it isn't looking good for Cleveland.
"There’s still a lot of time till free agency, till you have to put the tag on guys and so on and so on," he said.
"But from our personal conversations, I really don’t [think he will be back]. But hopefully that can change.”
The 25-year-old was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014, when he finished with six interceptions in 11 games. He had two interceptions in 13 games last season and is a perenial member of the NFL's annual Top 100 lists.
Gipson and Whitner have partnered at the safety spots for Cleveland, starting together for the past two seasons in what was arguably the only position of stability that the Browns had.
Despite his less-than-stellar record with injuries, Gipson can still expect to be in high demand from a number of teams and also receive a very nice signing fee and salary package.