This will be a weird start to a section of the article that talks about how the Seahawks should sign a player but I will say this: Tashaun Gipson is past his prime. That said, he is still more than good enough to be a bridge at free safety for the Seahawks should Seattle not re-sign Quandre Diggs.
Gipson will be 32 years old when the 2022 season begins so he doesn’t have a ton of years left to play. And Gipson’s current spot is strong safety which is currently held down by Jamal Adams. But Gipson still has the athleticism and experience and intelligence to play free safety for a year or so. Gipson isn’t as good as Diggs but he will be cheaper to sign.
Gipson still allowed a passer rating allowed of just 76.0 last year. Adams, in comparison, was 93.8 while Diggs was 63.4. Diggs did have a QBR-allowed of 92.7 in 2020, however, so Gipson was right in the middle of Diggs’ last two years in 2021. Gipson also allowed just 6.4 yards a catch when targeted, not bad for a safety. Diggs allowed 9.2 yards per target.
Again, I am not saying Gipson at this stage in his career is better than Diggs; He isn’t. But if Seattle doesn’t want to pay Diggs close to $10 million a year and wants to go a cheaper route so they can spend money on an edge rusher of offensive tackle, Gipson is a decent way to go.