Gipson signed a three-year, $22 million contract with Houston on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
News of Gipson's deal with Houston was announced early Tuesday and was made official the same evening. He'll figure to take over as a starting safety for the Texans after logging 54 tackles (44 solo) and seven passes defensed, including an interception, across 16 starts in 2018.
Gipson is signing with the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Released by Jacksonville last week, Gipson didn't take long to find a new home in the AFC South. He started all 48 games in his three seasons with the Jaguars, averaging 53 tackles, two interceptions and 5.3 passes defensed per year. Gipson should be locked in as a starting safety for his age-29 season in Houston, looking to add to his impressive total of 20 interceptions in 98 NFL games.
The Jaguars are releasing Gipson, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports.
Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract during the 2016 offseason, Gipson started all 48 games in his three seasons with the Jaguars, averaging 53 tackles, 2.0 interceptions and 5.3 passes defensed per year. He'll turn 29 in August and shouldn't have much trouble finding another starting job in free agency. The Jaguars are aggressively clearing out cap space, presumably with the intention of signing quarterback Nick Foles.
Gipson had 54 tackles (44 solo) and one interception in 16 games during the 2018 season.
Gipson has posted similar numbers in his two previous seasons with Jacksonville, and was once again a reliable contributor at free safety. The 28-year-old has started all 48 games since signing with the team in 2016, but his low tackle totals make him easy to avoid as an IDP option. Gipson remains under contract through 2020, but he carries a cap hit north of $9 million next season and could be cut with only $1.6 million in dead cap, per Spotrac.com. The Jaguars grabbed Ronnie Harrison (knee) in the third round of last April's draft, but he seems more suited to take over at strong safety following the in-season release of Barry Church. Jacksonville heads into 2019 hurting for cap space while coming off a massively disappointing season, so whatever it decides regarding Gipson's status with the team won't be overly surprising.
Gipson (foot) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Texans.
Gipson cropped up on the injury report Thursday with the foot issue, but it appears to have been a minor problem. The 28-year-old should take up his usual starting post at free safety in the season finale.
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