S Tashaun Gipson Aims To Play In 2024, Will Not Appeal PED Suspension

Tashaun Gipson‘s free agent stock took a hit last week when he was issued a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s PED policy. The veteran safety will not appeal the ban, but he still intends to play in 2024.

“During this offseason I took a supplement one time, which I thought to be completely safe and well within any of the NFL’s policies,” a statement from Gipson reads. “It was in no way related to performance, training, or gaining an advantage of any kind at any time. I have competed at this level for a long time, and have nothing but respect for the game and the fraternity of players in it.

“The NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances is clear, and I take full responsibility for anything I put into my body. It is with great disappointment that I accept this suspension, and I do so knowing that I have never even attempted to cheat the game. I look forward to returning for my 13th NFL season and helping a team compete for a championship.”

Gipson, 33, spent the past two seasons with the 49ers. He remained a full-time starter during that time, as he has each year since his rookie campaign. San Francisco elected to remain patient with him and allow him to decide on his playing future, something which was in doubt even before the news of his suspension. His comments make it clear, however, that retirement is not under consideration.

While the former Pro Bowler will be sidelined for the first six contests of the regular season, he is eligible to sign with an interested team at any time. Hindering his value is the depth of other veteran defensive backs still on the market leading up to the start of training camp, most (if not all) of whom will represent a more attractive option to suitors. Nevertheless, Gipson should generate a market of some kind amongst teams which do not make other additions in the secondary this summer, something which would allow him to meet his goal of playing a 13th NFL campaign.

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