Groves is Browns' third free agency move

March 13, 2013

The Browns continue to shore up the defense.

Less than 28 hours after the start of free agency, the team added a third player when it signed linebacker Quentin Groves.

Imagine if this team didn’t plan to build through the draft.

This signing should be kept in perspective, though. Groves appears to be a “depth” guy, a situation guy. And it appears he will be one of the droves of players the Browns will send at quarterbacks with their most welcome new-style defense.

Groves played for defensive coordinator Ray Horton in Arizona last season, and revived  a career that had been going nowhere.

He was a second-round pick for the Jaguars in 2008, but started just seven games in two seasons. He went to Oakland for two years, where his production dropped, then joined Arizona. He started seven games for the Cardinals, and had four sacks.

He will be given a chance to start, but at this point he appears to be a situational pass-rush guy -- and he may be used the way the Steelers use their many linebackers, which is in waves at the opposing passer.

He also is considered a high-character, down-to-earth good guy, and a locker room can never have enough of them.

In a short amount of time, the Browns have added a defensive lineman in Desmond Bryant, a pass-rush linebacker (who has struggled against the run) in Paul Kruger and Groves.

These additions will help.

But the Browns have not signed lock-solid All-Pros or superstars, though Kruger might have a chance to reach that level. After two years of inactivity on the free agent market it’s still refreshing to see the Browns doing something to improve.

The Browns are taking good advantage of the situation they inherited, which was a growing team with a ton of salary cap space.

And they are addressing the side of the ball that needs addressing.