The Detroit Lions added defensive end depth to their list of needs after Willie Young agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bears earlier today. The deal is reportedly 3-years and $9 million, with a signing bonus of $2 million.
It is looking like the Lions already have a replacement with reports the team intends to sign Darryl Tapp.
The #Lions do plan to sign DE Darryl Tapp today. He'd likely fill the 4th DE spot left vacant by Willie Young.
— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) March 13, 2014
Tapp’s instagram account confirms his intention to leave the Redskins for the Lions.
In swapping Tapp in for the departing Young the Lions are putting a lot of faith in the health of Jason Jones and the development of Ziggy Ansah and Devin Taylor. It may also mean the Lions will give more consideration to a pass rusher early in the draft.
Tapp played sparingly with the Redskins in 2013 but had some success as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles before that. A move to the Lions reunites him with Jim Washburn.