Darryl Tapp was in town today to complete the trade that brought him from the Seattle Seahawks for Chris Clemons and a fourth-round pick. He passed his physical, making the deal official and he then signed a 3-year deal with the Eagles.
Tapp said that coach Andy Reid has told him he will play left end, opposite Trent Cole.
"I think I'm an every down end," said Tapp, who will wear Clemons' old No. 91 jersey.
"I’m prepared to come in here and work my way up and push myself to a starting role."
Tapp said he had not yet had a chance to talk to defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who is out of town.
Tapp chuckled when reminded of what has become his claim to fame -- Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' claim that Tapp bit him on the forearm last Oct. 12 when the Pack played the Seahawks.
"He said I bit him, through my facemask and my mouthguard, and left a bruise that lasted 2 months," Tapp said.
Tapp said he had re-enacted the scene with a Seattle TV reporter, who courageously offered up his forearm, which Tapp was unable to bite with force.
If Johnnie Cochran were still with us, he might assert: "If it doesn't leave a bruise, you must not accuse."
Tapp also said he has talked to Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver, a former teammate with the Seahawks.
“I have talked to big brother Leonard. Leonard was with me in Seattle and I definitely shadowed him a lot," Tapp said. "He’s a wise guy, great player and even a better person. He told me that Philadelphia is an awesome place to be. We’ve got great fans, they follow you through thick and thin, they want you to come out here and work and do what you need to do and they’ll be right behind you. He said, ‘You’re going to have a blast out here.’ Coach Reid and it’s a top-notch organization and it’ll be a special thing to be a part of.”
Tapp described his opportunity with the Eagles as a fresh start.
“It’s a new city, I’m going to have a new number. So, I’m ready to continue to go forward," he said. "Those things that I’ve learned the first four years in the league, I’ll use those things and grow from it.”