The 25-year-old Means measures in at 6-3, 263 pounds, which makes him a 3-4 outside linebacker and a 4-3 defensive end. Means was selected out of Buffalo by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a fifth round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Means was active for 10 games with the Buccaneers as a rookie. He finished with three tackles in 80 snaps played. The Buccaneers waived Means after he spent two games on the team's roster in 2014. The Baltimore Ravens then signed him to their practice squad.
The Ravens seemed to be high on Means during the 2015 offseason, as evidenced by these quotes from the team's official website:
Harbaugh mentioned him before the draft while sitting alongside Newsome, Assistant General Manager Eric DeCosta and Director of College Scouting Joe Hortiz.
"We have a young pass rusher – Steven Means is a guy just to throw out there – we’ll see how he does," Harbaugh said. "There’s not a guy in this [press conference] that probably knows who he is except for, maybe, the four of us. He’s a guy that’s going to be interesting to see how he develops."
After not drafting a pass rusher in the first round, Newsome pointed to Means again.
"We still have a lot of picks to try to find someone else to add to ‘Sizz’ [Terrell Suggs], [Elvis] Dumervil and [Courtney] Upshaw and Steven Means, who I think has the ability to play good football for us this year," Newsome said.
Baltimore ended up waving Means with an injury settlement in early September after he suffered a groin injury. The Eagles likely used this workout to check in with his recovery status.