With all of the focus Thursday on the Redskins trying to sign cornerback Antoine Winfield (with an assist from RG3) and the Bills trying to sign away tight end Fred Davis, (who ultimately stayed in Washington) the signing of defensive end Darryl Tapp came out of the blue.

The Redskins announced the signing shortly after media reports of the deal came out and they introduced him as a linebacker. He will stand up and convert to an outside linebacker in the Redskins’ 3-4 defensive scheme. Tapp, who is 28 and headed into his eighth NFL season, has played in a 4-3 his entire career.

Tapp is a potential replacement for Chris Wilson, who played last year as a pass rush specialist and special teamer. The Redskins hope that if he fills that role he will be able to post more than the half sack that Wilson posted in 2012. That may be a leap of faith, however, as Tapp posted just half a sack playing 257 defensive snaps for the Eagles last year.