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Browns add Quentin Groves to Ray Horton’s defense

Quentin Groves

Arizona Cardinals’ Quentin Groves prior to facing the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)


New Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton is bringing one of his guys to Cleveland.

Free agent linebacker Quentin Groves, who played in Horton’s defense when they were together in Arizona last year, has come to terms with the Browns, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

A 2008 second-round pick of the Jaguars, Groves spent two years in Jacksonville and then two years in Oakland but wasn’t a great player in either stop. In Arizona last year, however, Groves had career highs in tackles (46) and sacks (four) while playing in all 16 games and starting seven.

Now Groves will attempt to repeat that success, and he’ll give Cleveland a player who already knows the new defense.