Lions re-sign defensive end Darryl Tapp

Posted Mar 2, 2015

The Detroit Lions have re-signed defensive end Darryl Tapp to a new one-year deal.

The Lions have re-signed defensive end Darryl Tapp to a new one-year deal.

The deal is worth $870,000 with an $80k signing bonus, according to multiple reports citing NFLPA records.

Tapp was a key reserve along the Lions defensive line last season and is a terrific veteran leader in the locker room.

Darryl TappDE Darryl Tapp (Photo: Gavin Smith / Detroit Lions)

He played in all 17 games last season for Detroit (including playoffs) and finished with 19 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

Tapp, 30, was signed last offseason after stints with Seattle, Philadelphia and Washington his first eight seasons in the league.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told after the season that he’d like to keep last year’s defensive line together as much as the salary cap would allow.

“I think it is important,” Mayhew said. “I think there’s a great feel in that room and a closeness those players had and we want to keep that.

“They were together all the time and when you have that kind of positive energy and that togetherness, guys play for each other and guys compete for each other. Guys have each other’s back. I think that’s really important.”

Now the Lions have Ziggy Ansah, Jason Jones, Devin Taylor, Tapp and Larry Webster under contract at defensive end. Mayhew told local reporters at the Combine that he plans to tender a restricted offer to free agent George Johnson, meaning the Lions hope to bring back all six defensive ends they finished the 2014 season with.