On the same day that the Cleveland Browns released veteran OLB Quentin Groves, they also released veteran ILB Larry Grant. Grant was signed a little over two weeks ago after having received a tryout at the team's rookie minicamp in mid-May. A seventh-round pick in 2008, Grant was a part-time starter with the Rams in 2010. Over the past several years, he received very minimal playing time with the Bears and 49ers.
Since both Groves and Grant were viewed as veteran depth players, the Browns must be content with the players already on the roster.
- At outside linebacker, you have Paul Kruger, Jabaal Sheard, and Barkevious Mingo as the top three players. Eric Martin and Justin Staples are behind them.
- At inside linebacker, you have Karlos Dansby, Craig Robertson, and Christian Kirksey as the top three players. There are quite a few players competing to back them up: Zac Diles, Tank Carder, Brandon Magee, and Darius Eubanks.
When it comes to Grant, the Browns might have wanted to evaluate who was better between he and Diles, and then keep the better veteran. Diles has been in the league for 8 years and was signed in early May.