The Philadelphia Eagles have signed defensive end Steven Means to a one-year contract extension through the 2018 season, the team announced on Wednesday.
He appeared in eight games last season as a member of the Eagles, finishing the year with three tackles while recording his first career sack against Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. That play also forced the first fumble of his career.
Means got his start in professional football when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Buffalo. He went on to appear in a career-high 10 games as a rookie, before he was waived the following year.
He would go on to spend time with the Baltimore Ravens, appearing in a single game with the team in 2014.
Means began his career with Philadelphia in December 2015 when they selected him off the practice squad from the Houston Texans, whom he never appeared in a regular-season game with.
Earlier in the day, the team claimed defensive end Jake Metz off waivers from the Buffalo Bills as a means of adding depth to their defensive line front. The team also selected Tennessee Volunteers pass rusher Derek Barnett with their first-round pick (14th overall) back in April.
As a unit, Philadelphia finished the 2016 season with 34 sacks, but had just three players on the roster accrue three or more over the course of the year.
The Eagles will open the 2017 regular season on Sept. 10 when they travel to take on the Washington Redskins.