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Eagles Trade for Seawhawks Tapp

DE Tapp Traded to the Eagles
By Lance Epstein

A busy Tuesday for new GM Howie Roseman as he and the Eagles pulled the trigger on a trade with the Seattle Seawhawks. The Eagles acquire defensive end Darryl Tapp in exchange for DE Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth round draft pick (the second of their two fourth round picks acquired from the Jets in the Lito Sheppard trade).

Coming into the 2010 offseason, Tapp was a restricted free agent. In fact, yesterday he signed his one-year tender offer with the Seahawks.

Tapp will be entering his fifth NFL season in 2010. The 6-foot-1, 270 pound defensive end has started 32 games (played in 64) since being selected by the Seahawks in the second roundof 2006.

During his tenure with the Seahawks, Tapp recorded 177 tackles, 18 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions with one being return for a touchdown. His best year of his young career came in 2007 as he registered seven sacks, force three fumbles and had one pick.

Over the past two seasons, Tapp has become frustrated with his former club as the team struggled and management played the coaching carousel. The Seahawks have changed their head coach twice over the past two seasons.

Besides the change in coaching staff, he is frustrated because his role with the team has diminished as well. This past season Tapp only totaled 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks in five starts, but did manage to play in every game.

"That's part of the game," Tapp said in a conference call. "I'm ready to shake it off and get a brand new start. I'm excited to be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. I'm going to come in there and work my tail off."

Both Andy Reid and Roseman believe Tapp can return to his 2007 form and fits the bill as the opposite end pass rusher that will help take pressure off right defensive end trent Cole.

“Darryl is an up-and-coming player in this league, in my opinion," Roseman said. "He’s a good player and a good person, and we liked him very much coming out of Virginia Tech. We believe he’ll be a good addition to our defensive line.”

“Darryl is a very intense football player and we’re happy to acquire him,” Andy Reid said. “He plays very hard every snap. He’s smart, he’s a good person and he’ll fit very well into our defensive scheme.”

While Tapp was shocked to be traded from Seattle, he is excited to bring his high energy and ability to the Eagles.

"I'm a high-effort guy," Tapp said. "That's the way we were trained at Virginia Tech

"I'm an every-down defensive end. Rushing the passer is fun, but you don't get the opportunity until you stop the run and that's something I pride myself on."

The Eagles hope that Tapp can be a disruptive force and upgrade over Clemons who the Eagles brought in two years ago.

So what does this trade mean? Well probably that the Eagles are looking to draft the best available player with the 24th selection int he 2010 draft. A couple of days ago, the Eagles had a hole at free safety and needed a upgrade at left defensive end. At that time, the Eagles were probably in the hunt for a defensive end like Everson Griffin or Brandon Graham, but now they can go in many different directions.

The way I see this trade affecting the Eagles' draft is that they might be looking to move back and collect extra picks. With only six picks in the entire 2010 draft and with the talent pool in this particular draft great, do not be surprised if the Eagles trade out for more picks. Unless of course a player like Derrick Morgan, Earl Thomas, C.J. Spiller or Jason Pierre Paul falls to 24.

Tapp, 25, is a nice addition to the Eagles rotation but I do not believe he is the ultimate answer at the left defensive end position. I would not be surprised if the Eagles are thinking they could trade back (get a possible deal like they got with Dallas a couple seasons ago) and still be able to select either Clemson DE Ricky Sapp (supposedly the Eagles worked him out and might be there in the beginning to mid-second round) or Northwestern's Corey Wooten.

It is nice to see the Eagles finally making some moves this offseason. The last couple of days they have built some nice depth on defense and maybe even potential starters with the additions of Tapp and Marlin Jackson.

Updated: League Source says the Eagles and Tapp are working on an extension.

Update 2: The Eagles and Tapp have agreed to a three year extension according to Pro Football Talk.

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