Washington brings in Tapp for depth at linebacker
The player the Redskins would like to keep visited one team and canceled a trip to see another. Meanwhile, they continued trying to fill out their roster.
So while tight end Fred Davis spent Thursday in Buffalo, the Redskins signed linebacker Darryl Tapp. It's not a big move for a team still struggling to add players with limited cap space. But in Tapp, the Redskins added a potential situational pass rusher. He has spent his career as a defensive end in a 4-3 but will play linebacker in Washington.
With Rob Jackson suspended for the first four games, the Redskins also could use extra depth early in the season. But Tapp would fill a role in which the Redskins used several players last season: Chris Wilson, Markus White and Mario Addison. Tapp, who hasn't been a full-time starter since 2008, has 24 career sacks. He posted only a half-sack with Philadelphia last season.
Meanwhile, Davis visited the Bills on Thursday but canceled a trip to the New York Jets on Friday. Multiple reports stated that Davis had offers from both the Redskins and the Bills. But the sense around Davis has been that unless he's blown away by an offer, he would return to Washington. The Bills lack good quarterback play; many agents won't steer pass-catching clients to such teams unless the offer isn't close.
"Yeah they're still an option for me," Davis told reporters in Buffalo about the Redskins. "We're still talking to them, too, so we'll see what happens. I will still see other teams. It's a business. You always have to see all your options before you make a decision. I won't make any fast decision. I want to wait and make sure I'm all the way confident and go from there."
Davis said he's ahead of schedule after his Achilles injury, suffered in late October. Baltimore's Terrell Suggs came back in five months from an Achilles injury, but many take twice that time.
"I'm running on the treadmill, doing drills, so I'm way ahead of schedule," Davis said.