The Houston Texans have bolstered their defensive depth by signing a pair of veteran outside linebackers, Quentin Groves and Lawrence Sidbury.
Groves was cut recently by the Browns, and had workouts with the Patriots, Jets, Redskins and Titans before agreeing to terms with Houston. The 30-year-old has 8 1/2 sacks in six NFL seasons. Prior to Cleveland, he spent two years in Jacksonville, two years in Oakland and one year in Arizona.
Sidbury, a former fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons, has five sacks in four NFL seasons, including a career high four in 2011. He missed the entire 2013 season on injured reserve after being signed by the Colts. His deal with Houston is for one year at the veteran minimum.
Depth signings like these are not the most exciting, but with all the injuries we see in the NFL, either of these guys could end up being important before it’s over.
Houston is clearly looking to beef up its bench behind first round pick Jadeveon Clowney and the rest of their linebacker corps. Concerns about Clowney’s health and/or ability to pick up the scheme? Well if you want to get all conspiracy theory about it, I guess you could go down that road.