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Falcons re-sign Steven Means to one-year deal

Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton (32) is grabbed by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means (56) on a carry in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 5 game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The Bengals scored a touchdown in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to win 37-36.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Mark Walton (32) is grabbed by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Steven Means (56) on a carry in the fourth quarter of the NFL Week 5 game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Cincinnati Bengals at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The Bengals scored a touchdown in the final seconds of the fourth quarter to win 37-36.

Defensive end Steven Means, who missed last season with an Achilles injury, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Falcons on Monday.

Also, offensive tackle Lukayus McNeil was waived.

Means played in eight games in 2018 and made four starts.

Means and Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack played three seasons together (2010-12) at Buffalo. Means finished fourth on the school’s all-time sack list and the more celebrated Mack, finished first.

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Means, who will turn 30 in September, is 6-foot-3 and 263 pounds. He was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fifth round of the 2012 draft, but has had trouble sticking with a team in the NFL.

With the Falcons down a defensive end, Means, impressed the coaching staff over the final three games of the 2018 season.

He has also spent time with Philadelphia and Baltimore.

The Falcons are thin along the defensive line.

They elected not to re-sign Vic Beasley and defensive end Adrian Clayborn and defensive tackles Tyeler Davison and Jack Crawford are all set to become unrestricted free agents at the start of the new league year on March 18.

McNeil was signed to the Falcons’ practice squad on Oct. 3, 2019, and signed a reserve/future contract on Dec. 30, 2019.

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