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Darryl Tapp reportedly cuts salary to stay with Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Darryl Tapp has reportedly chosen a pay cut over playing somewhere else.

There was speculation Tapp might be among Friday's cuts, but Reuben Frank of Comcast SportsNet Philly cited a league source to report the veteran end agreed to reduce his heavy $2.575 million base salary for a spot on the roster.

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Our contracts guru Brian McIntyre noted it's the second year in a row Tapp accepted a pay cut. He agreed to have his base salary slashed from $2.25 million to $1.75 million before last season began.

Tapp was the subject of trade talks earlier this summer, but the 27-year-old played well in the preseason. He's buried behind starters Jason Babin and Trent Cole and won't see more snaps than Phillip Hunt, but he wasn't about to find a better deal elsewhere.

Philadelphia retained six defensive ends, and line coach Jim Washburn said during camp he'd like to get Tapp -- and his 23½ career sacks -- more involved this season. Tapp isn't on the front lines, but he helps make this unit one of the deepest in the NFL, and a torment to quarterbacks everywhere.

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