Gipson has stayed away from offseason workouts in search of a long-term deal from the organization. The Browns have yet to furnish the fourth-year backstop with an acceptable offer, but the sides have all season to work that out.
Gipson was a valuable member of Cleveland's frisky secondary in 2014, finishing second in the league with six interceptions despite missing the final five games of the year with a torn MCL. Third-year safety Jordan Poyer has taken his place in OTAs, but adding Gipson across from Donte Whitner furnishes the squad with a strong duo at the back-end of last year's eighth-ranked passing defense.
"When he's here, we'll coach the heck out of him,"Browns coach Mike Pettine said Thursday, per The Plain Dealer. "I can't speak for where he is from a frame of mind or what his plans are, but when he's here he'll be welcomed. (I've) been through this in all my time in the NFL -- guys with contract issues. Things very quickly get forgotten once they show up."