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Former Eagles defensive end signs with Falcons

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Happy for him but bummed he won’t be returning to Philly.

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Steven Means won’t be returning to Philly after all.

The former Eagles defensive end officially signed with the Falcons on Monday morning. Atlanta had an open roster spot after placing starting safety Keanu Neal on injured reserve.

On one hand, it’s easy to be happy for Means. The soon-to-be 28-year-old pass rusher was buried on depth chart in Philadelphia. He definitely deserves to be on a 53-man roster.

On the other hand, it’s sad to know that Means won’t be coming back. There was some thought he might return to the Eagles after Week 1 since, as a vested veteran, his contract would no longer be guaranteed for the full season. But he’s joining Atlanta instead.

In addition to providing the Eagles with quality defensive end depth, Means was an important practice player for Philadelphia. He would study the film of upcoming opponent pass rushers and simulate their moves to help prepare the Eagles’ offensive linemen for game day. Means brought a lot of effort and intensity to the table. Also he just seemed to be a likeable guy in the locker room.

Here’s hoping Means, who will forever be a Super Bowl champion, is able to make the most of his opportunity with the Falcons. Especially now that the Eagles have already beaten them.