Steve Gregory, Patriots safety
The seventh-year safety out of Syracuse signed with New England as an unrestricted free agent March 16 after six years with the San Diego Chargers. His three-year contract is worth a maximum of $8.8 million.
After starting the first four games of the season at safety, the 29-year-old Gregory was felled by a hip injury in Week 4, which caused him to miss the next four games. In his first game back, Gregory registered a season-high nine tackles against the Bills (including four unassisted).
The 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pounder from Staten Island, N.Y., had his most memorable game against the Jets on Thanksgiving when he triggered a 35-point eruption in the second quarter by feasting on turnovers — scoring his first NFL touchdown on a 32-yard fumble return, forcing a fumble, recovering another, and intercepting a pass by Mark Sanchez. At the end of the game, on the national NBC broadcast, Gregory was awarded the traditional Thanksgiving award, along with teammates Tom Brady and Vince Wilfork.