Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Eagles trade Clemons for Tapp
By Dan Graziano
The Philadelphia Eagles have traded reserve defensive end Chris Clemons and a 2010 fourth-round pick to the Seahawks for 25-year-old Darryl Tapp. Clemons had three sacks for the Eagles in '09 but he wasn't a big factor as a pass-rushing specialist.
It's a little surprising the Eagles coveted Tapp enough to throw in a fourth-round pick. Tapp's a former second-round pick ('06) who had seven sacks and eight pass deflections for a playoff team in '07 but has sort of fallen off the map since then. He's listed at 6-1, 270 pounds and he should be better against the run than the smaller Clemons. But it's pretty obvious the main reason the Seahawks made this deal was to land that fourth-round pick.
The Eagles will provide Tapp with the opportunity to reset his once-promising career. He only started three games for the Seahawks last season and he simply hasn't been a good fit in their defense. Tapp will have an opportunity to compete for the starting job opposite Trent Cole but his presence won't affect the way the Eagles approach the draft. I still think there's a good chance they'll try to land a pass-rusher.
Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott is looking for more versatile players on defense, so I'd look for Tapp to move inside in some situations. This isn't a blockbuster deal by any means, but it's intriguing that the Eagles thought enough of Tapp to give up a fourth-round pick.
Tapp's career has been in full retreat for two seasons now. Is he an upgrade over Clemons? Probably because of his youth, yes.