Tashaun Gipson is returning to the Bay Area.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported Sunday, citing sources, that the 49ers are re-signing the veteran safety to a one-year contract. NFL insider Ari Meirov first reported the news.
Gipson started 17 regular-season games and all three playoff tilts at safety in 2022, his first season with the 49ers.
KPRC2's Aaron Wilson, citing league sources, provided the details for Gipson's one-year contract.
San Francisco signed Gipson in August, shortly after Jimmie Ward went down with a hamstring injury. When Ward returned in Week 5, Gipson was playing so well alongside safety Talanoa Hufanga that the 49ers opted to slot Ward to nickel back and to keep Gipson at safety.
The 32-year-old logged 61 tackles, eight passes defensed and a team-high five interceptions during the regular season.
After the 49ers' season-ending loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, Gipson told NBC Sports Bay Area's Jennifer Lee Chan he was deciding between retirement and returning for a 12th NFL season.
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Gipson said his running mate at safety was a big reason for wanting to play again.
“[Hufanga] will be one of the sole reasons, honestly, for me wanting to continue playing,” Gipson told Chan after the season. “Because that’s how much love I've got for him.
"I wouldn’t be here without him."
It appears Hufanga and Gipson will have another full season together holding down the 49ers' secondary.