Darryl Tapp agreed to restructure his contract and take a pay cut before the Eagles narrowed their roster to 53 on Friday, according to an NFL source.
The defensive end was slated to earn $2.575 million this season. The Eagles and Tapp were still working on a new figure.
The Eagles have asked players with hefty contracts on the roster bubble to restructure their contracts before. Last season before the cut-down day deadline, tackle Winston Justice and defensive end Juqua Parker took pay cuts.
Antonio Dixon was approached about restructuring his contract earlier this week. The defensive tackle, who was slated to make approximately $1.9 million this season, was released on Friday.
"That was a hard one," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said of cutting Dixon. "He brings great personality to this team. He’s somebody we care about both personally and professionally. Sometimes you have to make tough decisions. And that was one of them."
In March, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins agreed to restructure his contract.
Tapp is one of six defensive ends currently on the Eagles roster. He joins a formidable group that includes Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Brandon Graham, Phillip Hunt and Vinny Curry. Roseman said that the Eagles could dress as many as five on game days because of the importance the Eagles defense places on their line play.
Curry, a rookie, would appear to be the most likely to be inactive on game days to start the season.
Tapp, who signed with the Eagles in March 2010, is in the last year of his contract. He's recorded 5.5 sacks in two seasons with the Birds. Last season, Tapp was slowed by injuries. He performed well this preseason, though.