On Monday, defensive end Darryl Tapp signed a contract with the Seahawks. The next day, the Seahawks sent that contract to the Eagles.
Tapp isn’t upset, nor should he be. Even with a new regime in Seattle, the franchise has been struggling of late, to say the least. In Philly, the Eagles consistently contend.
“Anything they ask me to do, I’m ready and willing to do,” Tapp said in a conference call conducted after the trade. “I’m just anxious to get a new start for a great team.”
Eagles fans surely are happy to hear that one. And this one.
“I’m excited to be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles,” Tapp said. “I’m in shock because Seattle is the team that gave me an opportunity out of college and I called it home for the last four years. I’m anxious already about the opportunity in Philly. I’m coming there to work my tail off and help us get a step closer to the ultimate goal.”
Tapp said he hasn’t heard how the Eagles plan to use him, but he pointed out that he has played on each side of the line. Regardless of location, he sees himself as an “every-down” defensive end. “Rushing the passer is fun, but you don’t get the opportunity until you stop the run,” Tapp said. “That’s something I pride myself on.”
In a division that now includes Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, Brandon Jacobs, Ahman Bradshaw, Clinton Portis, and Larry Johnson, that’s music to the ears of Eagles fans who had been waiting, impatiently in many cases, for the Eagles to do something to beef up their defense.