Steve Gregory is an ex-Charger but that doesn't mean San Diego's happy to see him go.
"He wanted to find out what was out there and he got himself in a good situation," Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said of the Patriots newest safety. "We would have liked to keep him but we understand his wanting to test the market."
Gregory, a 29-year-old who made 54 tackles playing strong safety last year in San Diego, has made 31 career starts. Thirteen of those came last year.
"First of all, he's a great locker room guy," said Smith. "Secondly, he plays strong safety, free safety and special teams. Very versatile. Very smart."
Gregory, who agreed to a three-year deal with the Patriots on Thursday, has limitations. Smith acknowledged that but added, "When you're with a team like the Patriots, they will find out what a player can do and put him in that situation. And there are more things that Steve can do than he can't do. He's a good football player."