April 24, 2014

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Browns stay busy, sign LB Quentin Groves

The Browns aren’t resting on Day 2 of free agency.

Cleveland signed outside linebacker Quentin Groves to a two-year deal this morning, The Chronicle-Telegram confirmed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was first to report the deal.

Groves (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) started seven games for Arizona in 2012, totaling a career-high four sacks and 46 tackles. Groves, who will turn 29 in July, was a second-round draft choice of Jacksonville in 2008, and the Browns will be his fourth team.

Groves follows defensive coordinator Ray Horton from Arizona and should help the transition to the 3-4 system Horton will install.

In the first 16 hours of free agency, the Browns added three players to the front seven of their defense. Outside linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive lineman Desmond Bryant were signed Tuesday.

CEO Joe Banner stressed the importance of improving the pass rush last month during an interview at the scouting combine. He said pressuring the quarterback and protecting the quarterback are fundamental keys to success.

“The defensive front (seven) needs some additions to be able to compete with the best in the league,” he said.

The three players signed since Tuesday combined for 17 sacks in the 2012 regular season. Kruger had nine and Bryant four.

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