The Browns continued to bolster their defense today with the early-morning addition of former Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves, who played for defensive coordinator Ray Horton in Arizona last season.
Groves (6-3, 265) signed a two-year deal worth a total of $2.8 million, a source told The Plain Dealer.
He was the third defender the Browns have signed in free agency, joining former Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger and Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant. Kruger will be available in a press conference this afternoon at 2:30 and Bryant is slated for tomorrow.
"Quentin is a solid player who will be another good addition to our front seven," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said in a release. "He showed pass-rush ability last season, working in a 3-4 defense for the first time. Having played for Ray last year, he is familiar with our scheme, and that will allow him to make a smooth transition. He also has been a productive special-teams player and can help us in that area as well."
Browns CEO Joe Banner, who set out to beef up the Browns' pass rush, had Groves targeted from the start, a source said.
"Quentin gives us another player who will come in and improve our defense," Banner said in a release. "Not only will he help us on the defensive side of the ball, but he also will be a good addition for our special teams, where he has had success in his career. We are excited about the moves we have been able to make over the last two days and look forward to all three players becoming productive members of the Cleveland Browns."
Browns land former Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 13