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Report: Saints sign former Lions defensive end Darryl Tapp

The former Detroit Lions defensive end will get a chance to compete with the Saints.

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Last week, Darryl Tapp went to Instragram to say goodbye to Detroit, signaling the end of his days as a member of the Detroit Lions. Tapp had spent two season with Detroit as a rotational defensive end, tallying 2.5 sacks over the two years. Now we know where Tapp is headed:

The move for the New Orleans Saints makes a lot of sense. The Saints have notoriously had one of the worst defenses in the league over the past few years and adding a 10-year veteran to their defensive line rotation will undoubtedly give the team some much needed competition.

For Detroit, that leaves one more option at defensive end off the table. The Lions are currently projected to start Devin Taylor on the left side for the first time in his career. Behind Taylor, the depth is bare. Wallace Gilberry was brought in and will presumably have a rotational role. But after Gilberry, the Lions will be relying on a converted linebacker (Brandon Copeland) and a bunch of unproven talent. Tapp could have added veteran experience, but the Lions appear content without him.

Interestingly enough, Tapp’s signing represents only the sixth Lions free agent signed elsewhere, with the others being Jason Jones, Isa Abdul-Quddus, C.J. Wilson, Travis Lewis (who has since been released) and Manny Ramirez (who is now retired). Free agents Joique Bell, James Ihedigbo, Lance Moore, Josh Wilson, Jermelle Cudjo, Corey Wootton and Bear Pascoe remain unsigned.

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