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Browns add two more free agents

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Browns sign two more free agents on Thursday Browns sign two more free agents on Thursday

The Browns added two more free agents on Thursday.

The team signed linebacker Quentin Groves and tight end Gary Barnidge.

Groves, who comes over from Arizona, reunites with Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton.  Horton was the Cardinals defensive coordinator the last two seasons.  Groves also played with Jacksonville and Oakland in his four-year career.

Groves had a career-high four sacks in 2012 in seven starts.

"Quentin is a solid player who will be another good addition to our front seven," said Browns Head 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."

 "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." 

The deal for Groves in believed to be a two-year contract worth $2.8 million.

As for Gary Barnidge, the sixth year pro played with Carolina last season.  He caught only six passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in 2012.  Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was the Panthers offensive coordinator the last two seasons.

Barnidge had a career-high 12 receptions for 242 yards in 2009.  He didn't record a catch in 2010 and missed the entire 2011 season because of injury.

The Browns signed two players on Wednesday, linebacker Paul Kruger and defensive lineman Desmond Bryant.

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