The Patriots reached agreement with former Chargers safety Steve Gregory on a three-year contract, according to a league source.
Gregory received a three-year contract with a max value of $8.8 million ($3.35 million guaranteed). That's close to starter money, but it likely won't preclude them from signing Redskins safety LaRon Landry, who the Patriots will host on a visit on Friday.
Gregory (5-11, 195 pounds) has played 85 games -- all with the Chargers -- since entering the league in 2006 as an undrafted free agent out of Syracuse.
He can play a variety of roles in the secondary, and should provide much-needed quality depth at several positions and contribute on special teams. Gregory, 29, has probably played best at free safety, where the Patriots had their struggles last season.
Gregory was suspended for four games in 2010 for violating the league's police on performance-enhancing substances after first testing positive in May of that year.
Other doings by the Patriots:
The Patriots will host Raiders DE/OLB Trevor Scott on a visit, Shalise Manza Young reported. Scott (6-5, 255 pounds) had 12 sacks his first two seasons, before having a season-ending knee injury 10 games into 2010. He could play a variety of roles, likely on the strong-side behind Rob Ninkovich, but could also provide some pass rush on the other side depending on what the Patriots do with Andre Carter and Mark Anderson.
The Patriots officially signed special teams standout/WR Matthew Slater to a contract. Terms weren’t immediately known.
The team also signed DT Marcus Harrison (6-3, 316 pounds). The 29-year-old was with the team for one day in October. The third-round pick of the Bears in 2008 had previously failed a physical (knee) with the Panthers in September.
The Patriots will host Redskins S LaRon Landry on a visit Friday. He has played 17 games the past two seasons and is coming off Achilles surgery. It is not known if he will workout for the team. The Jets were mentioned as a possible suitor, but they will host Bengal S Reggie Nelson the same day.
The Patriots are also expected to host former Colts WR Anthony Gonzalez this weekend, the Boston Herald reported, but that has not been confirmed.