The Patriots are cutting ties with safety Steve Gregory, according to his agent, David Canter, who announced the move on Twitter:
Patriots will be releasing starting #TeamDEC client Safety Steve Gregory today.— David Canter (@davidcanter) February 28, 2014
Gregory, 31, signed a three-year free-agent deal with New England in 2012, and was slated to count $3.683 million against the salary cap this season. Releasing him saves the Patriots $2.85 million against the cap; only the remainder of his $2.5 million prorated signing bonus, or $833,334, will remain on the books.
Undrafted out of Syracuse in 2006, Gregory spent six seasons with the Chargers before signing with New England.
While with the Patriots, he played in 26 games (23 starts). He was well-respected by coaches and teammates, with his high football IQ lauded; teammates called him a future head coach.
With Gregory released, the Patriots have Devin McCourty, Adrian Wilson (who missed all of last season due to injury), Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner, and Kanorris Davis remaining at safety.
At this point, it would seem Harmon is in line to be paired with McCourty as the starters at the position. A third-round pick out of Rutgers last year, Harmon played in 15 games, starting against the Panthers, Broncos, and the Bills (Week 17).