A few minutes ago, we discussed the Patriots' reported signing of defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene. It turns out that the Patriots are also showing interest in a few other free agents as well. Specifically, according to multiple reports, the team is taking a closer look at a pair of veteran safeties: former Chargers defensive back Steve Gregory and former Redskins safety Laron Landry.
Gregory, 29, spent the first six years of his career in San Diego after going undrafted out of Syracuse in 2006. He's the type of player who can play a lot of spots in a defensive backfield. He's not great in coverage, but he's capable. He can drop down and play the slot cornerback position, and has the flexibility to play either safety spot. Gregory started 13 of 15 games played last year for the Chargers, picking up 67 tackles and an interception. For his career, Gregory has appeared in 85 games and 241 tackles, two sacks, 17 passes defensed, and four interceptions. The Patriots will reportedly have him in for a visit.
Laron Landry, 27, was the sixth overall pick of the Washington Redskins in 2007. At 6' and 220 lbs, he's an in-the-box safety that isn't all too different than Patrick Chung in his skillset. And like Chung, Landry's biggest issue since coming into the league has been his health. If Landry could stay healthy, he could be an excellent pick-up for the Patriots' secondary. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Jets, Eagles, and Lions also all have interest in Landry.