With the Buccaneers defense near the bottom of most statistical categories seven weeks into the season (six games for them), there were rumblings on whether or not this team would be making any moves as the trade deadline approached.

On Tuesday afternoon, the the team announced that they had waived S Isaiah Johnson and released DE Larry Webster from the practice squad, creating two openings – Johnson will likely return to the practice squad.

But, that left one 53-man roster spot open, and now we know it will be former Seahawks and Saints defensive end Darryl Tapp who will fill that spot.

Tapp (33) was drafted in the second round by the Seahawks in 2006. He played four year for them, starting for two. Since then he’s been an NFL journeyman. He hasn’t landed a consistent starting role since, but is an experienced player on a defensive line that need some kind of production. He has 28 career sacks to his name.

The Bucs are currently last in the NFL with seven on the season; they’re the only team with single digit sacks as a team.

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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heavye
heavye
4 years ago

This is the best that we can do????

macabee
macabee
4 years ago

Yes, 33 year old Darryl Tapp did spend time on the Saints roster, but it was an on again-off again love affair. On July 6, 2016, Tapp was signed to the New Orleans Saints. On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Saints but re-signed on September 5, 2016. On March 23, 2017, Tapp re-signed with the Saints. He was released on September 5, 2017. He was re-signed on September 20, but was later released again. (Info from Wikipedia). I have no idea what was going on there, but reminds me of a cat toying with a dead mouse.… Read more »

macabee
macabee
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

More salt for the wound or grist for the mill – whatever! Tapp did spend time with the Saints this season but never got on the field. He does have 28 career sacks in 11 seasons with Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington, Detroit and New Orleans, but only 4.5 of his sacks have come the past five years. You decide!

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  macabee
4 years ago

At one time N O would sign our defensive cast off’s.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Desperate is all I can say. Confidence in Licht is in doubtful mode.

devasher
devasher
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Licht’s record as GM in Tampa is 19-35.

Meaning that 4 years into this grand experiment his teams are winning 35% of the games they are playing, and it takes Daryl Tapp’s signing to give you pause about Licht?!?

BTW you know what great Bucs GM also won 35% of the games while he controlled the roster? Mark Dominik. That’s right, 28-52 and 19-35 are both similar winning percentages. Welcome to the basement Jason! :D

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  devasher
4 years ago

You’re ignoring that Lovie Smith was in charge of the roster the first two seasons and 24 losses that you blame on Licht.

Since Licht has been in charge of the roster the record is 11-11.

vtrantb
vtrantb
4 years ago

This defense is pathetic. They have allowed season high in points to the Cardinals, Vikings, and Bills. The Cardinals put 31 points on us and was shut out by the Rams last week. What team allows the opposing offense to score on their first 5 possessions.

Wish we could pair this offense with the 99 – 02 defense. Sapp used to say, “just give me 17 points…and we will take it from there”.

vtrantb
vtrantb
Reply to  vtrantb
4 years ago

Corretion, Cardinals put up 38 points on the Bucs.

surferdudes
4 years ago

I would rather give younger players auditions. Bucs should raid as many P.S.’s as they can for any kind of D line help.

JustaBuc
JustaBuc
4 years ago

I can understand the rationale for the move. Certainly beats the current situation and it’s not costing us a pick. Who knows, maybe there’s a trade in the works?

deeznuts
deeznuts
4 years ago

… now we’ll go straight to the superbowl >_too many more to list
Not sure if they ever got a sack combined

then our 7th round pick DT this year was/is morbidly obese…. we have 7 sacks on the year. Our front office really knows how to fill holes….

I cant even imagine how bad our line would be without McCoy.

C’MON MAN

deeznuts
deeznuts
Reply to  deeznuts
4 years ago

George Johnson
Fat Baker
Michael Johnson
Henry Melton
Larry English
Robert Ayers (decent one year rental, now he completely sucks)
Daniel “two-left-hands” Te’Onesham
TJ Fatinikun
Howard Jones

it’s no wonder our d-line is in shambles

Alldaway 2.0
Alldaway 2.0
4 years ago

I like the pick up!

Now add a young DE from another teams PS and the Bucs might have something cooking.

Buc76
Buc76
4 years ago

This is pathetic. This is worse than I thought. A washed up Saint Defensive End. The Saints who have played such great defense the last several years.

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
4 years ago

Jason Licht you are starting to make this too easy. We saw Lamarr Houston signed and Dwight Freeney yet you walk away with this lol. Your subpar GMing is now in the spotlight, I’m finally glad the man responsible is getting the heat.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

Green Bay needs a QB badly see what they have to offer for Ryan F.
IMO this year’s team is 8 and 8 so start looking at next year and get some draft picks off course hope J.L. does not screw it up.

martinii
martinii
4 years ago

I don’t expect much from Tapp or any other DE’s out there this year. Other than Mac’s Wikipedia report I don’t know much about him. Over the years however I have noticed an irony to inserting a new player into your line-up. Sometimes a new team, a new scheme, a new opportunity , a new coach can turn a mediocre player into an asset. Michael Bennett, Mason Foster, Jaq Rodgers, ad nauseam have responded well to new surroundings. Of course for everyone who succeeds six don’t but at least there are a few positive examples to support my observation. I… Read more »

TBBuc76
TBBuc76
4 years ago

What about thinking outside the box and looking at possibly converting Beckwith to DE? He’s an inch taller and only 4lbs lighter than Spence. I’m sure he can add a little weight and he’s quick for his size. We could then start Glanton at LB who looked pretty dam good. And if it doesn’t work no big deal. We have to do something NOW.

Horse
Horse
Reply to  TBBuc76
4 years ago

TBBuc76; I hear you, but I wouldn’t go that way. Beckwith is fine at LB and we need to get bigger at this position which will help the run and pass rush. We only need 1 small LB, not 2; just my opinion. I know it’s crazy, but I would trade David or Alexander for draft picks or a not over the hill DE. In reality D. Smith should be a Guard as he’s not quite fast enough or strong enough to play Tackle. Spence should have been drafted by a 3-4 team and was probably why he was still… Read more »

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Every year JL our GM falls in love with a certain player and Spence was that player even though IMO to small for a 4-3 defense so i agree he should have gone to a team that employs a 3-4 defense.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

I wonder if Jon Gruden would consider a GM spot and let Koetter stay as Head Coach?

Gulfstrings
Gulfstrings
4 years ago

Feels like I just traded my 1977 Olds Cutlass for a 1979 Ford Taurus!