It is confirmed...the Philadelphia Eagles have made their move to acquire a DE and they got it done as they trade DE Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for DE Darryl Tapp.
Tapp was the Seahawks second round pick in the 2006 draft the 6'1 270 pound beast of a defensive end has appeared in a total of 64 games and has started in 32 of those games.
Since becoming a DE in the NFL four years ago, Tapp has put up some decent numbers as a backup to Lawrence Jackson providing 177 tackles, 18 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions, one of which he returned for six points. In only five starts in 2009 Tapp put up 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Those number are crazy impressive for a backup defensive end. This guy is all over the place when he's on the field and those numbers prove it...look at them again and remember this guy was a backup, not a starter!
Tapp had his best season in the NFL in 2007 where he started in each of the 16 games and posted seven sacks. It was the same year he tied the Seattle Seahawks franchise record for sacks in a game shelling out four sacks against the St. Louis Rams on October 21.
During his college years at Virginia Tech, Tapp was a four-year letterman. He earned the First Team All America honors and was also provided the honor of being awarded the Dudley Award as the best Division l player in Virginia's commonwealth. Tapp finished out his college career with 23.5 sacks and 187 tackles.
This has got to be the best move the Eagles could make. They got a definite under the radar type player while giving up next to nothing in Clemons and a fourth, which the Eagles still have another fourth in the draft I believe. How is it that the Eagles front office is able to "pull the wool" over the eyes of other franchises?
I mean c'mon, who can't see this is a win-win for the Eagles? Tapp isn't being labeled as the starter just yet but I think we'll be seeing him opposite Trent Cole as the starter once the season begins.
So I ask again...now what will the Eagles do in the first round of the draft? They signed a DB to play safety, they are trying to get the rights to RB Mike Bell with an offer sheet being signed by him today, and then they turn right back around and make a trade for a promising DE.
It's been a busy day today at the NovaCare Complex but stay tuned, there's surely more to come!