The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed DE Darryl Tapp and waived tight end Jack Tabb. The announcements were made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.
Tapp, 6-1, 270, is a 10-year NFL veteran who was originally selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round (53rd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Virginia Tech and participated in the Saints' minicamp on a tryout basis in June. He's enjoyed stints with the Seattle Seahawks, the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions, for whom he played from 2014-15. In 2015, his second season with the Lions, he played in all 16 games with one start and finished with 26 tackles (19 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles. Overall, the Portsmouth, Va. native has played in 146 career NFL games with 36 starts and has recorded totals of 297 tackles (235 solo), 27.5 sacks, two interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, 20 passes defensed, 11 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries and 11 special teams tackles. He's also appeared in six career postseason contests with two starts and has posted 15 tackles (13 solo), two sacks and two forced fumbles.