Browns release Quentin Groves

The changing of the guard means a changing of the roster.

Tis ever thus for the Cleveland Browns.

Friday they released their special teams captain from a year ago, Quentin Groves. Praised for his leadership and play and called one of the Browns' significant signings late last season by the team’s former CEO, Groves now can find a new team.

It happens. As Browns fans know.

Groves is an eminently good guy who was sidelined after five games last season with an ankle injury that required surgery. He returned healthy this season, but the new coaching staff must like Barkevious Mingo more than Groves.

Groves was signed in the Joe Banner-Mike Lombardi era. He had been touted as an excellent special teams player and a talented pass-rusher, though his best sack season was 2012 when he had four.

He played five games for the Browns, had two sacks and is gone with the coaching change.

This is not a gigantic move. Groves simply found himself with a new coaching staff that evidently did not value his contributions as much as the former front office that brought him in.

It’s just a sign of the way things have been, as the Browns bring in guys, tout them, change structure and then release them.