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Redskins sign free-agent pass-rusher Darryl Tapp

3/28/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Washington Redskins added depth to their defensive line up front by signing free agent Darryl Tapp on Thursday. The deal is reportedly for one-year.
 
Darryl Tapp the past three seasons as a defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he didn’t fit new coach Chip Kelly’s profile of bigger bodies at the position. Now, Darryl Tapp could find himself switching to outside linebacker in the Washington Redskins’ 3-4 defensive scheme.
 
The Washington Redskins already have Pro Bowlers Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan starting at right and left outside linebacker, so Darryl Trapp will again have to settle for a reserve role. The Washington Redskins could use some insurance at the spot after they spent most of last season without Brian Orakpo who was sidelined with a season-ending injury, and is currently recovering from a pectoral muscle tear. Moreover, with backup Rob Jackson facing a four game suspension in 2013, after he tested positive for a banned substance, the Washington Redskins could use Darryl Tapp’s services.
 
The 29-year-old Darryl Tapp was highly unlikely to land a role beyond a second- or third-wave lineman with any team during free agency. Darryl Tapp only played 257 defensive snaps while appearing in 13 games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season. He finished with 17 tackles and half a sack in 2012.
 
Prior to last season, the Philadelphia Eagles were looking to trade Darryl Tapp, who was owed an outrageously expensive $2.575 million base salary in 2012. But the Philadelphia Eagles ended up keeping Darryl Tapp for the season after he agreed to take a pay cut.
 
As a former second round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2006 NFL draft, Darryl Tapp had his best season in 2007, starting all 16 games while amassing 41 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and eight passes defensed. But every year since, Darryl Tapp has only regressed as he’s started a combined eight games over the past four seasons, including none last season.
 
Darryl Tapp spent four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks before joining the Philadelphia Eagles.
 
Over his seven-year NFL career, Darryl Tapp made 257 tackles, 24 sacks, nine fumbles forced, eight fumble recoveries, 18 passes defensed and two interceptions, including one returned for touchdown during rookie season in 2006. He appeared in 103 career games with 35 starts split between the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles.
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