The Cleveland Browns on Monday tendered qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents: DB Johnson Bademosi, DB Tashaun Gipson, DL Ishmaa'ily Kitchen and LB Craig Robertson. General Manager Ray Farmer made the announcement.
By placing tenders on these restricted free agents, the Browns earn the right to match any offer sheet signed by them with other teams on the open market. If a player has a first- or second-round tender placed upon him, the Browns would be rewarded the commensurate draft pick from the team in the event that team is able to sign away the player.
Bademosi has led the Browns in special-team tackles in each of his three NFL seasons since joining the Browns as an undrafted free agent. He is tied for second in the NFL with 44 special-teams tackles since 2012, while appearing in 46 games. Last season, he saw action in 14 contests and registered 15 special-teams tackles. He helped the Browns kickoff coverage unit finish second in the NFL and the punt coverage team finish eighth.
This season, Gipson became the first undrafted defensive player for the Browns to make to Pro Bowl since LB Mike Johnson in1991. Despite appearing in just 11 games this year, Gipson finished second in the NFL with a career-high six interceptions. He added 52 tackles, eight passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one defensive score on an interception return. Gipson has appeared in 37 games with the Browns and has registered 186 tackles, 23 passes defensed, 12 interceptions, one forced fumble and two defensive scores.
Kitchen joined the Browns via waivers during final roster cuts after signing with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He has appeared in 40 games with the Browns and has recorded 90 tackles. Last season, he played in 13 games, including the first three starts of his career and totaled a career-high 43 tackles.
Robertson has appeared in 46 games with 28 starts and has registered 264 tackles, 10 passes defensed, five interceptions, four sacks, four fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one defensive score. He has added 23 stops on special teams. Last season, Robertson saw action in all 16 games with 11 starts. He finished third on team with a career-high 92 tackles, while adding four passes defensed, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one touchdown. He added 10 special-teams tackles.