Redskins sign former Eagle DE Darryl Tapp

Darryl Tapp in the end zone after an injury in 2011 (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Redskins have signed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp to a one-year deal, two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed Thursday.

A seven-year veteran out of Virginia Tech, Tapp spent the first four seasons of his career with the Seattle Seahawks and played the last three years in Philadelphia.
Last season he appeared in 13 games, recording 17 tackles and half a sack.

At 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, Tapp doesn’t fit the mold of the bigger-bodied 3-4 defensive end, so he likely will have to switch to outside linebacker in Washington’s system. The Redskins have Pro Bowl bookends Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan as their starters at right and left outside linebacker, respectively, so Tapp likely would be used as a reserve.

He could be an insurance policy for the Redskins, who were without Orakpo for most of  last season, and likely will be without backup outside linebacker Rob Jackson for the first four games of the 2013 season. Jackson was suspended after he tested positive for a banned substance.”
Shortly before news of his deal with Washington broke, Tapp, a 28-year-old Portsmouth, Va., native, tweeted: “some times [you] just gotta go home.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Mike Jones · March 28, 2013

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