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Eagles sign outside linebacker from Houston Texans practice squad

The Eagles added a new player to their defense.

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles signed outside linebacker Steven Means away from the Houston Texans' practice squad. The Eagles had an open roster spot after releasing veteran wide receiver Miles Austin on Monday.

This isn't the first time the Eagles have shown interest in Means. Philadelphia brought him in for a workout earlier this season. Here's what we wrote at the time:

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.

The Eagles already have four outside linebackers on the roster. Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin are obviously the starters. Disappointing 2014 first round pick Marcus Smith has played limited snaps throughout the season. Bryan Braman has been used almost exclusively as a special teams ace. The Eagles are likely stashing Means on the roster for future use like they did with Jerome Couplin late last season.

Means will wear No. 51 for the Eagles.

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