The Houston Texans added a pair of outside linebackers yesterday to bring in some edge-rushing depth, with the first announced signing being the addition of Lawrence Sidbury, who fits the profile of a camp body. He could make the roster due to the Texans lack of depth at OLB, but his chances were hit when the Texans added an even better veteran into the mix.
Per a source close to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Texans signed veteran OLB Quentin Groves to a deal late last night, and Groves looks like a great depth signing on paper. He received a workout from the New York Jets on Monday, but the Jets elected to sign former Jacksonville Jaguars, Philadelphia Eagles, and Tennessee Titans edge rusher Jason Babin.
Groves recorded just four tackles in five appearances last season, but he was also their special teams captain and can make a huge impact in that phase of the game. It’s unclear what the terms are to Groves’s deal, but it must be around the one-year minimum (that’s what Sidbury obviously received). Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus are locked in as the team’s young OLB duo, and Groves fits the profile of a strong top backup. In his lone season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, the 30-year-old Auburn product had a career year with 46 tackles and four sacks.