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Agent: Patriots parting ways with safety Steve Gregory

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The Patriots are making a change in their defensive backfield.

According to agent David Canter, the Patriots are releasing safety Steve Gregory, who has started 23 regular season games for the club in the last two seasons.

The 31-year-old Gregory notched 79 tackles and defended three passes in 14 games (11 starts) in 2013. A ninth-year pro from Syracuse, Gregory played six seasons for San Diego (2006-2011) before joining New England in 2012. Overall, Gregory has recorded 379 tackles and intercepted seven passes in regular season play in his NFL career.

With Gregory said to be departing, second-year pro Duron Harmon could be among the Patriots safeties vying for a bigger role in 2014.

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24 Responses to “Agent: Patriots parting ways with safety Steve Gregory”
  1. Patskrieg dot com says: Feb 28, 2014 1:25 PM

    PARTY! Terrible safety. Couldn’t tackle anything. Couldn’t cover a tight end. Pointless shoulder checks on larger ball carriers that would just walk right through him.

    Goodbye forever.

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 28, 2014 1:28 PM

    Buttfumble.

  3. surfinbird1 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:30 PM

    Good luck to you Steve but it’s no big loss to the Pats that’s for sure.

  4. Denver Geldings - Super Bowl Castration... AGAIN!!!! says: Feb 28, 2014 1:31 PM

    Letting him go isnt a surprise, if he gets a starting gig with someone else, that will be a surprise. He is a good player in a back up role, he just isnt the type of player you can throw into the defensive back field and expect any game changing plays. He doesnt get interceptions, he doesnt cause fumbles, he doesnt intimidate receivers crossing the middle, he is just out there to make tackles when there is a breakdown…

  5. suckleague says: Feb 28, 2014 1:42 PM

    If the Pats ever do get a defense again, Brady will get his next ring. They are right in it every year with a sewn together defense of no-names.

  6. theclink12 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:43 PM

    95% of the time when the Patriots let a guy go like this the Jets end up signing him.

  7. spoilerfutbol says: Feb 28, 2014 1:48 PM

    Duron Harmon GOAT is ready for be a starter, i expect Tavon Wilson released soon.

  8. bosfaninva says: Feb 28, 2014 1:50 PM

    Thanks for your service. We’ll always have the Butt Fumble.

  9. idothis2 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:53 PM

    Aaron Hernandez approved this message…

  10. rob471773 says: Feb 28, 2014 1:54 PM

    It’s about time.

    Now go sign or draft a real NFL caliber safety.

  11. somethinsbruin says: Feb 28, 2014 2:10 PM

    There hasn’t been a worse NFL starter since JaMarcus Russel was cut.

  12. bostonian13 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:16 PM

    Thank God. Imagine if Adrian Wilson never got hurt, wouldn’t have had to deal with Gregory. Waste of money…

  13. gooseusaf1 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:20 PM

    If he’s not so good and a safety from NE the Eagles will probably bring him in and he’ll start next to Chung. :-(

  14. cromags says: Feb 28, 2014 2:29 PM

    We’ll always have the Buttfumble.

  15. rocketmcstonebreaker says: Feb 28, 2014 2:34 PM

    They would’ve cut him sooner, but he took a poor angle to BB’s office and got lost somewhere in the building. When he finally got to the office, he missed the door

  16. 6ball says: Feb 28, 2014 2:35 PM

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    Good safeties are hard to find. Who else besides Seattle has a dynamic duo?

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  17. patsfan1820 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:40 PM

    Good it’s about time he go now.

  18. rainmaker1982 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:43 PM

    He’s not a terrible player, but he’s not a guy you want in your starting backfield.

    The Pats could re-sign him at a lower salary.

  19. marima07 says: Feb 28, 2014 2:44 PM

    Tons of respect for any undrafted player like Gregory that not only makes a team, but manages to hold on for 8 years in the NFL. There are plenty of top-rounders that can’t do that.

    The fact that he hit his salary escalators should have been a positive, but it bumped him right out of BB’s value-range. Good luck to him catching on with another team.

  20. tigerlilac says: Feb 28, 2014 3:44 PM

    Gregory was a pro, just not one with the requisite skill sets to start in the NFL. Gregory was not the physical safety you need and his lack of physicality led him to missing tackles, one of which (letting the Dolphins get a first down on fourth and long) lead directly to the late season loss in Miami and meant the difference between the Patriots getting a first and second seed in the conference playoffs. That’s how big one play can be.

  21. bufffalojoe says: Feb 28, 2014 4:23 PM

    This has Buffalo all over it! I don’t like it

  22. TheMorningStar says: Feb 28, 2014 4:31 PM

    Wait, it took this long to jettison him?!?

  23. bigdaddy44 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:13 PM

    Good-bye and good riddance to Steve “The Whiffer” Gregory. Never have I seen a player totally miss on so many tackles. The biggest of all was against Miami on a fourth down play. One player got the receiver’s foot and almost stopped him. All Whiffles had to do was at least get a piece of him. In reality it should have been as easy wrapup. Instead, he whizzed right by a runner who was trying to move straight forward, not cutting to avoid tackle. First down and victory to Miami, Patriots lose home field and the AFC Championship game gets played in Denver instead of Foxboro. Adios, Whiffer.

  24. fearthehoody says: Feb 28, 2014 9:26 PM

    Good riddance! Should’ve happened 2 years ago! BTW, Harmon is not the answer! Pats will sign or draft a legit Safety

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