Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman loves to tinker with the roster and future draft picks. The roster in his mind is never complete – never perfect. That is the right mindset to have in order to be successful in the NFL. So who is next to leave the Eagles bird nest? Many Philadelphia Eagles beat writers have suggested that the crowded defensive end position could leave Darryl Tapp sporting a color other than midnight green next season. But is Tapp really a tradable asset, and if so, what compensation could he bring the Eagles?
Tapp brings consistent veteran play when he gets on the field. He doesn’t do anything special, but he certainly does nothing poorly. Think of him as a poor man’s Trent Cole who does absolutely everything impeccably. He also brings NFL valuable starting experience to the field and at the ripe age of 27. Since being acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, Tapp has developed into a strong leader for the Eagles. He has replaced former Eagle Omar Gaither as the loudest guy at training camp and has the smile to match. “Tapp can always be seen smiling. He’s always laughing. He laughs at himself, and he laughs at others. He just looks happy, all the time” stated Charlie Frankel from the Philadelphia Eagles official website. That doesn’t sound like a man you want to trade, unless it brings back immense value.
However, to the credit of the beat writers there is plenty of incentive to trade Tapp. He is in the last year of his contract, and with the depth at defensive end, the Eagles probably will not look to retain him next season. This is the deepest the Eagles have ever been with: rookie Vinny Curry, Phillip Hunt, Brandon Graham and pro-bowlers Trent Cole and Jason Babin leading the way at end. Heck, Cullen Jenkins and Fletcher Cox have experience there too.
Tapp also plays a premium position because every team in the league needs quality pass rushers. His price tag isn’t exorbitant at $2.575 million for the year, however it would help the Eagles save $3.575 (not a typo) million on the cap this year. That might not seem important considering the Eagles are already under the cap by $14.481 million which is 3rd most in the league. However, per new CBA rules cap room can be rolled over to the next year, and the Eagles project to be at or over the cap limit next season.
So the main question remains: what could the Eagles receive in return for a solid veteran at a premium position and a discounted rate? I included Tapp in a trade for Colt McCoy recently. Which, if traded makes sense considering the connections between the Cleveland Browns and the Eagles. If Roseman is looking for draft picks, Tapp is probably worth a 4th rounder at best, but that is a stretching it. It would likely be a conditional pick that would net the Eagles a 5th or 6th round pick pending on Tapp’s production this season. Perhaps it could help the Eagles acquire a backup center or guard that Howard Mudd really likes. If I were Roseman, I would be hesitant to trade him unless it was for a proven backup QB like McCoy, or minimally a projected early 5th round draft pick because there are always untimely injuries in the NFL.
If you were Roseman, what offer would you accept?