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Report: Browns land LB Quentin Groves on two-year deal

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Steve Hutchinson retired after 12 years in the NFL. (USATSI)
Groves is headed to Cleveland. (USATSI)

The Browns continued their aggressive pursuit to stock up an aggressive defense for Ray Horton on Wednesday morning, as they've reportedly locked down linebacker Quentin Groves.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns signed the outside linebacker to a two-year deal.

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Groves played in Arizona last season, with current Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton. He picked up four sacks in 16 games (seven starts) and also forced one fumble while recording 46 tackles for Arizona.

He's the third big addition for the Browns on defense this offseason, as the team added high-priced, free-agent linebacker Paul Kruger and mugshot-meme'ing defensive tackle Desmond Bryant on Tuesday.

The Browns needed to improve their defense this offseason, especially having invested a ton of draft picks into offense last year, and they're giving Horton plenty of toys to succeed with as Cleveland transitions to a 3-4 defense.

I'm curious -- and I'm not the only one -- what they'll do with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft now. Most of us over at our shiny new 2013 NFL Mock Draft hub (now with more experts!) have the Browns taking an edge rusher.

Many of those could change, especially if the Browns keep adding positions on defense, but if they're not able to trade down when they're on the clock, it wouldn't be unheard of to add another player who can disrupt opposing quarterbacks. Cleveland's investing, and investing big, in its defense. If it pays off it could tilt the scales of the AFC North.

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