Willie Young is out and Darryl Tapp is in.
Shortly after Young agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears, the Detroit Lions decided to sign Tapp, who was in town for a visit on Thursday. Tapp is listed by most as a linebacker since he played that position in a 3-4 defense with the Washington Redskins last season, but he is expected to play defensive end in Detroit.
By signing with the Lions, Tapp is reunited with defensive line coach Jim Washburn, who coached him in Philadelphia in 2011 and 2012. Tapp had only 1.0 sack in Washington last season, but he had 6.0 in his three years with the Eagles. In four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks from 2006-09, Tapp had a total of 18 sacks.
One of the Lions' other visitors on Thursday, meanwhile, has elected to re-sign with his old team. Fullback Henry Hynoski spent most of the day at the Lions' facility in Allen Park, but Adam Schefter reports that he has decided to re-sign with the New York Giants for one year and $1 million.
Although they didn't land Hynoski, the Lions are clearly serious about adding a more traditional fullback back to their offense, so expect them to continue their search for someone to fill that role.