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Packers sign street free-agent cornerback

Apr. 2, 2013
 
Buffalo Bills cornerback Loyce Means (44) breaks up a pass intended for Craig Davis during training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., in August 2011. Means has signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. File/Getty Images
Buffalo Bills cornerback Loyce Means (44) breaks up a pass intended for Craig Davis during training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y., in August 2011. Means has signed with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent. File/Getty Images

As NFL free agency rages, the Green Bay Packers continue to test the waters with street free agents.

Days after adding California's Giorgio Tavecchio to their kicking competition, the Packers have signed cornerback Loyce Means, who most recently played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

A 5-foot-10, 188-pound first-year player out of the University of Houston, Means entered the NFL as a non-drafted free agent with the Buffalo Bills in July 2011 but was cut after the preseason. He played for Hamilton in 2011 but was out of football last season.

Means appeared in 38 games during his career at Houston from 2007 to 2010. He posted 85 tackles (53 solo), had eight interceptions for 238 return yards (29.8-yard average) and two touchdowns, and 21 passes defensed.

Regarded for his speed, Means clocked a 4.50-second time in the 40-yard dash leading up to the draft with 29 3/4-inch arms and 8 1/4-inch hands. Prior to going undrafted, he scored three touchdowns in the Eastham Energy all-star game (interception, fumble and blocked field goal).

The Packers' cornerback contingent is as deep of a position group as any on the roster with the emergence of rookie Casey Hayward, but the Packers have profited from low-risk undrafted investments in the past such as current starters Tramon Williams and Sam Shields.

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