Free-agent linebacker Quentin Groves has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Wednesday.
After starting his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2008-09) and continuing with the Oakland Raiders (2010-11), Groves had a career year with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2012 season. Under the direction of former Cardinals and current Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Groves registered 37 total tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble.
“Quentin is a solid player who will be another good addition to our front seven,” said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski. “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.”
In his five-year career, Groves, a native of Greenville, Miss., and product of Auburn University, has played in 79 out of a possible 80 games. He registered 153 total tackles, 121 solo stops, 32 assists, 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He also defended six passes and intercepted two others.
“Quentin gives us another player who will come in and improve our defense,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “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.”