Darryl Tapp, Philadelphia Eagles Agree to Extension, Adam Shefter Reports

Bob Cunningham@BCunningham215Senior Analyst IMarch 19, 2010

SEATTLE - DECEMBER 6:  Darryl Tapp #55 of the Seattle Seahawks wraps up Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers during their NFL game on December 6, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 20-17. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)
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News came out a couple of days ago that only a few hours after the trade had taken place, the Philadelphia Eagles and brand-new acquisition Darryl Tapp had an extension in place.

No one knew the numbers, but now it appears that NFL insider Adam Schefter—surprise, surprise—has them.

"For those scoring at home: Eagles gave newly acquired DE Darryl Tapp a three-year, $9 million deal that includes a $3 million signing bonus," Schefter tweets.

Personally, I love Schefter—not only for his fantastic inside news, but also because his tweets are actually in English.

There's no word as to whether the signing bonus will be paid out this year or prorated through the life of the contract—but it doesn't really matter. If Tapp actually becomes an effective starter, it will be an incredible value for the Birds.

While I still believe the Eagles overpaid for Tapp, it appears Seahawks fans don't feel the same way. After talking to a few of them, they believe Tapp was misused in Seattle and that Pete Carroll is actually the one who got fleeced in the move.

Reports are coming out that Tapp apparently had 18 quarterback hits—a stat unofficially kept by a few third-party organizations, so there's no way to be sure of its validity. If that is a true stat, however, it would mean that a lot of those would have been sacks— were it not for poor coverage in the secondary.

Again, who knows whether or not it's a legitimate stat—but it would certainly make Eagles fans a bit more easy.

Tapp is only 25 and will apparently be very cheap, so the move has a lot of upside. But I think I speak for most Eagles fans when I say I'm sick of the Eagles moving laterally. I have a track record of backing their decisions, but I see them only plugging holes rather than trying to solidify them.

I wouldn't go into a ship with holes fixed with Scotch tape, but that's what the Eagles are doing.

OK, perhaps—with the benefit of the doubt—they're using duct tape, but the point is clear. They need to make some moves in the draft and get some guys who can contribute immediately—or they're looking at another early playoff exit.


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