The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran free agent linebacker Quentin Groves, reports Adam Caplan of ESPN.com.
Veteran LB Quentin Groves has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the #Bills, per source.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 17, 2015
Buffalo has yet to confirm the signing, meaning that we don't yet know of a corresponding roster move. The Bills currently have the maximum of 90 players on the active roster.
The news comes on the same day that backup linebacker Ty Powell injured his ACL - he might be out for the year - and a day after news broke that reserve defensive end Jarius Wynn is likely to share a similar fate.
Groves, 31, is an eighth-year veteran and former second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft that most recently played for the Tennessee Titans. (He has also played in games for Jacksonville, Oakland, Arizona, and Cleveland.) In 16 games played with the Titans as a reserve and special teamer last year, Groves accumulated 18 tackles and one sack.
Buffalo has a growing contingent of edge rushers on their roster. Groves has experience as both a defensive end and a strong-side linebacker, but he'll likely fit in as an edge defender in the Rex Ryan defense. There, he'll compete with the likes of IK Enemkpali, Randell Johnson, Michael Buchanan, and undrafted rookies Andrew Hudson, Cedric Reed, and B.J. Larsen not only for preseason playing time, but for a spot on the Bills' 53-man roster.
Considering that Groves' workout took place on the same day that Powell was injured, but decidedly after the Wynn news broke, it seems likely that Groves would be a veteran replacement at that position, rather than Powell's, although he could conceivably do either. The Bills, per Caplan, also worked out edge defender Marcus Benard and defensive lineman Red Bryant on Monday, as well.