Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 3/15/12

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 27: Justin Smiley #65 of the Miami Dolphins attempts to recover the fumble in the end zone by Ronnie Brown and Steve Gregory #28 of the Sand Diego Chargers during first quarter of the NFL football game as at Qualcomm Stadium on September 27, 2009 in San Diego, California. Smiley recovered the ball out of bounce for a turning the ball over to the Chargers. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
The Patriots added a piece to their defensive backfield Thursday, signing former Chargers safety Steve Gregory to a three-year contract. Gregory is a free safety by trade, but he's also got experience on the strong side and in the slot. Gregory has a strong special teams reputation, too. A source indicated at least four other teams were interested in Gregory -- San Diego, Houston, Denver and Carolina -- but he agreed to terms with New England less than 24 hours after arriving in Foxboro. Gregory will compete to start alongside safety Patrick Chung, though the Patriots could still add pieces...
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