Not that it comes as any surprise but the Raiders have officially removed themselves from the Quentin Groves market. The unrestricted free agent and one time starting weak-side linebacker for the Raiders has signed a deal to play for the Arizona Cardinals next season.
The Raiders originally traded for Groves two years ago as the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to part ways with the disappointing defensive end. In Oakland Groves was converted to linebacker where he became a starter by default.
Last season the Raiders traded for Aaron Curry and Groves was quickly removed from the starting lineup. He’ll likely be a reserve in Arizona serving as a special teams contributor for the Cardinals.
Once a highly regarded pass rusher coming out of Auburn, Groves has just 2.5 sacks to his name in four NFL seasons, none of which came as a Raider. With all due respect to Groves it was very telling on just how Oakland’s defense was going to fare going into 2011 when the Raiders broke camp with Groves still holding onto his starting gig. He never looked comfortable as a linebacker and rarely made plays in Oakland’s 4-3 scheme. Perhaps there is a role Groves is better suited for but that clearly won’t be discovered by Dennis Allen’s staff.