The New Orleans Saints made a move to add some veteran help at pass rusher on Monday, signing defensive end Daryl Tapp and waiving tight end Jack Tabb in a minor roster maneuver announced on the NFL’s transactions wire.
Tapp, 31, is a 6-1, 270-pounder who has played 10 seasons in the NFL and compiled 27.5 career sacks, but he’s been mostly a bit player over the last half of his career. Tapp has just four sacks and one start in his last four seasons in the league.
Drafted in the second round in 2006 by the Seattle Seahawks, the Virginia Tech product piled up seven sacks in his second season in the league, but he was never that productive again, and he’s bounced around, spending three years in Philadelphia, one in Washington and the last two seasons with the Detroit Lions before landing a shot with New Orleans this summer.
Tapp was given a chance to try out for the Saints at the team’s mandatory minicamp in June and earned his shot on the roster, making him the second veteran defensive lineman the Saints have added off of that tryout opportunity. Shortly after the minicamp ended, New Orleans signed veteran defensive tackle C.J. Wilson to help provide competition inside.
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Now that he’s on the roster, Tapp faces a tough battle for a roster spot at a defensive end position that still has plenty of young options despite the loss of second-year man Hau’oli Kikaha, who tore his ACL during summer workouts and will likely miss the season. Third-year pass rusher Kasim Edebali and a pair of second-year players who didn’t get many chances as rookies, Obum Gwacham and Davis Tull, are all already in line to compete for playing time at the “open” defensive end position opposite Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan, and Bobby Richardson and rookie David Onyemata are in line behind Jordan.
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To make room for Tapp, the Saints waived Tabb, a second-year tight end who went undrafted out of North Carolina and spent his rookie season on injured reserve after tearing his ACL during training camp. New Orleans is largely set at tight end with Coby Fleener, Michael Hoomanawanui and Josh Hill, and the Saints have Chris Manhertz, RaShaun Allen and Garrett Griffin competing for a shot behind the veterans, making Tabb expendable. If the Saints had been successful placing a waiver claim on quarterback Connor Shaw last week, Tabb would have been the corresponding move.
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