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Patriots bag versatile safety Steve Gregory

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Free agent safety Steve Gregory visited Patriots headquarters on Thursday, and the team moved quickly to close the deal.

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that Gregory has agreed to terms with the Pats. It’s a three-year contract.

Gregory figures to compete for a starting job at free safety, and focus on special teams if he loses out. The 29-year-old did not make it onto the PFT Hot 100 list.

The Patriots have also announced the re-signing of receiver/special teamer Matthew Slater, and the addition of defensive tackle Marcus Harrison.

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29 Responses to “Patriots bag versatile safety Steve Gregory”
  1. billybob91 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:01 PM

    Should be a good fit along side Chung. Gregory can play S and CB. The Pats needed a S who could be the center fielder along side of Chung. It looks good on paper, lets see how it pans out on the field.

  2. sschmiggles says: Mar 15, 2012 6:05 PM

    Nothing wrong with this addition. He’s better than the chumps we were fielding last year at FS.

  3. oside760 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:09 PM

    he’s not versatile at all. believe me. i’m a chargers fan. he is terrible. glad to see him go

  4. 6ball says: Mar 15, 2012 6:09 PM

    .

    Leron Landry seems unlikely now.

    .

  5. ampats says: Mar 15, 2012 6:12 PM

    Matt Patricia was familiar with him from their days at Syracuse. One of several safeties DB’s the Pats will be signing this off season.

  6. nfl1818 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:14 PM

    So that pats have bagged two guys ranked a 100-200. Amusing but both fit the profile. They have also signed several key but noname spec teamers. I see 3 more, which will take the risk out of the draft, where they should get atleast two impact players. Value oriented approach here.

  7. jolink653 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:21 PM

    i’ll take it i guess…better than matthew slater/edelman in the defensive backfield…definitely don’t want landry and i’m really hoping BB is planing on grabbing iloka or harrison smith in the draft to pair with chung

  8. sschmiggles says: Mar 15, 2012 6:23 PM

    oside760 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 6:09 PM
    he’s not versatile at all. believe me. i’m a chargers fan. he is terrible. glad to see him go
    ___________________

    Judging by the reaction of other Chargers fans, he seems to be one of those players who chicken littles hate because he’s not Ed Reed, but one that thoughtful fans appreciate for providing depth and relatively solid play.

    And like I said, there’s no way he’s worse than Ihedigbo or Sergio Brown. Let’s be real here. The Chargers had one of the better pass defenses in the NFL last year, the Patriots had one of the worst.

  9. j0esixpack says: Mar 15, 2012 6:25 PM

    Belichick dumped all the big to medium names on his defense last year causing fans and media talking heads alike to question his sanity.

    … that is until he got them to the Super Bowl

    When it comes to Belichick defenses “his” type of guys are seldom in the Top 100 of anyone else’s list.

    They’re hard working role players who are eager and willing to play their role.

    Does it work? 5 Super Bowls appearances in 10 years says it does.

  10. kylecleric says: Mar 15, 2012 6:27 PM

    Well … we all know what happened the last time the Pats signed a free agent Chargers safety.

  11. drewzducks says: Mar 15, 2012 6:29 PM

    Don’t make LaRon Landry angry…you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

  12. mullman7675 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:34 PM

    oside760 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 6:09 PM
    he’s not versatile at all. believe me. i’m a chargers fan. he is terrible. glad to see him go

     ============================================
    I agree. As a Raiders fan, I’m sorry to see him go.

  13. mattwalshvideo says: Mar 15, 2012 6:38 PM

    joesixpack,

    You might win a SB if your genius coach/gm didn’t field the the 31st ranked defense, the only reason your team gets to a SB is due to Brady and cheating.

    Still haven’t won a SB since caught cheating, coincidence? I think not.

  14. TheWizard says: Mar 15, 2012 6:47 PM

    Matt, your team better start cheatin’, bud.

    You ain’t gonna keep up.

  15. tacoslinger619 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:02 PM

    Slow and undersized with a consistency for being inconsistent, but he’s a good guy! Good luck in NE Frotto……….

  16. jamfed619 says: Mar 15, 2012 7:09 PM

    Steve Gregory is NOT a CB or a SS. He’s a nickle safety, that’s it…

    …which means he’s a ONE DOWN DB (only used in passing situations).

  17. ralphwilsonsucks says: Mar 15, 2012 7:17 PM

    Who?

  18. mrconnors says: Mar 15, 2012 7:21 PM

    MattWalshVideo, congrats. You contradicted yourself about 4 times in about 50 words. That must be some sort of record.

    So basically what you said, the Patriots would have won the SB if they had better players on D, not because of cheating. Then you say they only got there this year because of Brady and cheating, but they lost it because they couldn’t cheat? So they cheated to get there, but didn’t cheat in the SB itself?

    That makes about as much sense as spygate helping the Pats beat the Panthers in the SB in 2004. You know, the same Panthers team they last played in 2001 when the Panthers went 1-15 and had a different HC and QB. But John Fox apparently ran the exact same plays and used the exact same signals Seifert did.

  19. murtdurt says: Mar 15, 2012 7:40 PM

    With a title like that you would think they just hit the jackpot. Believe me after watching him the last 2 years in SD there’s nothing to be bagged. But like te majority of pats fans have said already he’s a better addition then what they currently have going..which really says something about Gregory

  20. canelosandiego says: Mar 15, 2012 7:51 PM

    Steve was a very underrated player for the chargers. He worked hard to become sound tackler and decent cover nickel safety.. hopefully he continues to improve with the pats.

  21. tedmurph says: Mar 15, 2012 8:00 PM

    oside760 says:
    Mar 15, 2012 6:09 PM
    he’s not versatile at all. believe me. i’m a chargers fan. he is terrible. glad to see him go
    ==================================
    He’ll get some decent coaching for the 1rst time in his career, maybe that will turn him into a player.

  22. rexryanisablowhard says: Mar 15, 2012 8:04 PM

    you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t trying

  23. j0esixpack says: Mar 15, 2012 8:19 PM

    mattwalshvideo says: You might win a SB if your genius coach/gm didn’t field the the 31st ranked defense, the only reason your team gets to a SB is due to Brady and cheating. Still haven’t won a SB since caught cheating, coincidence? I think not.

    You (and guys like bozo) embarrass yourselves with these posts.

    You only demonstrate your complete lack of football knowledge.

    You do a wonderful job demonstrating your ignorance of football history – the tatics employed by “cheaters” like honored NFL greats George Halas, Lamar Hunt, George Allen – and the more recent statements of coaches who confirm Belichick did nothing out of the norm.

    Your ignorance of NFL rules ALLOWING taping of signal calls even today- hence coordinators covering their mouths when calling in plays against non-Patriots teams even today.

    Your screen name even suggests you’re in denial that the Matt Walsh allegation of taping walk through was completely false

    And your assertion that winning more games than any other team in the last decade and going to a Super Bowl 5 out of 10 years is “proof” the Patriots can’t win is downright laughable.

    The thumbs up/down of your post illustrates what other football fans think of you.

    Continue to embarrass yourself. We’ll continue to enjoy it.

  24. Rob Murphy says: Mar 15, 2012 8:34 PM

    As a Chargers fan, I think the most likely answer is that once again, the Chargers are completely clueless as to how to best utilize a player’s talent and put him and the team in a place to succeed.

    Even their great successes are trumped by other teams’ utilization of former Chargers. I give you as exhibit A: Darren Sproles.

    The Chargers are really good at governing successful, skilled players down to mediocrity. It’s a matter of pride to have skill walk away from San Diego with no return at all.

    It’s part of the mystique of the blissful agony of being a Chargers’ fan – seeing potentially great players reach the pinnacle of their careers – elsewhere. Hurts. So. Good.

  25. tigerlilac says: Mar 15, 2012 9:23 PM

    I love how Bellichick fills out the entire roster and then some. He’s got guys that will be milking it on injured reserve, off the roster, and on the practice squad that will be key contributors when injuries hit. Are they great players? No, but they do their job.

  26. southbaychargerfan says: Mar 16, 2012 12:17 AM

    Pats just down graded he plays hard and has heart but he’s junk, he’s better at nickel and situational, not a full time S.

  27. pftwstbshmc says: Mar 16, 2012 6:20 AM

    I’m a Pats fan and really get sick and tired of BB and his crew bringing in guys for this and similar positions that are WAY TOO SHORT to play the positions. Why have they been burned time and time again back there in the past few years? Because the coverage is a good 3-5 inches shorter than the guys that are making the plays. Please, please, please get guys who are at least over 6 foot tall, anything under that, don’t give them a second look I don’t care how “good” they might be.

  28. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Mar 16, 2012 7:42 AM

    @j0esixpack

    Listen, I totally agree that Pats fans and media are way too reactionary. However, the Patriots have not won a Super Bowl since they had big name players on their defense, who were in the prime of their careers (i.e., Bruschi, Harrison, Vrabel, Seymour and Law). Sure there were a great number of “hard working” role players on those defenses, but without play makers who are worthy of being household names it is a lot harder to win a championship. There is no question that Belichick is great, but you are over simplifying here, as well as revising history a bit. It never hurts to have true play makers on the defense. What hurts is having coat-tail-riding-supposed-superstars like AD with a bad attitude. It is possible to have play making stars with a good attitude. They are just a bit harder to find. Belichick needs to find two or three of those to start winning championships again. And please don’t down play the talent of those guys I mentioned above, calling them extra hard working or something. That would be ridiculously disrespectful to those guy who actually got the job done. They were far more than “hard workers.”

  29. realnumber9 says: Mar 16, 2012 9:02 AM

    No way he beats out Sergio Brown. NO WAY!

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