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Darryl Tapp signs deal with New Orleans Saints

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The New Orleans Saints' desperation for defensive end aid has led them to pluck Darryl Tapp off the July free-agent scrapheap ahead of training camp.

The team announced the signing Wednesday. To make room for the veteran pass rusher, New Orleans waived tight end Jack Tabb.

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New Orleans desperately needs help rushing the passer. The plan to move linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha down to defensive end to bolster the rush blew up last month when the second-year player suffered a torn ACL. Even before Kikaha's injury, pass-rushing depth was a major concern for the Saints entering the 2016 season.

Tapp, a 2006 second-round pick by the Seahawks, compiled 18 sacks in his first four seasons in Seattle, but has been a bit player with the Eagles, Redskins and Lions. Over the past two seasons in Detroit, Tapp has compiled just 2.5 sacks and 43 tackles in 32 games as a rotational player. He's a better run defender than pass rusher at this stage of his career.

Tapp, 31, will battle for a roster spot and depth role behind Cameron Jordan and Bobby Richardson. The signing won't preclude the Saints from further examining the pile of veteran pass rushers cut after the preseason.

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