The New Orleans Saints are turning to a familiar face as they prepare for their season finale and potential playoff run.

But Darryl Tapp won't be helping the Saints pressure quarterbacks or stuff the run. Instead, the 12-year veteran defensive end will be assisting the coaching staff.

Tapp was at practice Friday, and coach Sean Payton said the 33-year-old is around to work as a coaching intern. Tapp played for the Saints in 2016 and was with the team for training camp this year.

"I think more than anything sort of sorting out what he wants to do when his career is done," Payton said Friday. "He and I touched base last week. I think he's been good. He's been a good leader with this team and he's in a different role now."

The timing of Tapp joining the Saints makes plenty of sense because he played three games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season. The Saints visit Tampa Bay for their season finale Sunday, and a win would clinch the NFC South title for New Orleans.