Tampa Bay had a lot of trouble getting pressure on the quarterback this past weekend and decided to cut Steven Means so that they could re-sign Larry English, a player Means beat out in the preseason.
After being one of the most dynamic players in the Mid-American Conference during his time at Northern Illinois English was a first-round pick by the Chargers in the 2009 draft. The Northern Illinois product had 11 sacks over five seasons in with San Diego but could not hang on with the team this year. After being cut by San Diego he camped with Tampa Bay but did not make the Bucs 53-man roster.
Means was drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 draft after a great career playing for the UB Bulls. He had five tackles over 10 games last season and played on special teams in Sunday’s season-opening loss to Carolina.
Means has the speed and size to be a pass rushing DE or a pass rushing outside linebacker in the NFL but Tampa is in a hurry to add depth. New NFL rules make Means practice squad eligible so he may be signed with a team looking to develop next year's line depth.