When looking through old drafts and trades around this time of year, I stumbled across an old Seahawks’ trade that looks more and more like a steal. I don’t want to say the trade is forgotten or lost, because people certainly remember it, but I thought it was interesting to look back on and see how it turned out.
The deal: The Seahawks traded defensive end Darryl Tapp to the Philadelphia Eagles for Chris Clemons and a fourth-round draft pick in 2010, a month or so before the draft.
Tapp played three years with the Eagles, starting three games and finishing with six sacks. Contrast that to Clemons’ production over the same amount of time: 48 starts and 33 ½ sacks.
Another interesting thing is that at the time, Clemons (6 feet 3, 254 pounds) was written about as more of a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. The Seahawks took complete advantage of his ability as a pass rusher and played to that strength. The Seahawks also picked up a fourth-round pick in the deal, although they used that on defensive end E.J. Wilson, who lasted less than a year.