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Quick Kicks: Patriots make more FA moves

New England remains active in the free agent sweepstakes, albeit with signings that aren’t exactly eye-popping.


The team made official late today the re-signing of Matthew Slater, as well as the signing of 27-year-old defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, formerly of Chicago, and who you may recall spent one day with the Patriots in October of last year. His addition is a depth move at best.

Meanwhile, various Twitter reports (first one I saw was by friend and colleague Greg Bedard of The Boston Globe) indicate that former Chargers safety Steve Gregory is a New England Patriot, having inked a three-year deal. That move has yet to be confirmed by the team, nor has the apparent re-signing of versatile interior lineman Dan Connolly. Based again on Twitter conversations, Connolly appears to be staying put in New England.

The addition of the 29-year-old Gregory (5-11, 195) adds much-needed depth and competition at the safety position. He started 13 of 15 games for San Diego last season. He's been an on-and-off starter for the Chargers the past few seasons. Bedard's report said Gregory was given $8.5 million, $3.5 million of which is guaranteed.

It's too soon to say what the Connolly move means for the future of incumbent center Dan Koppen, also a free agent, but it may be difficult for the Patriots to hold onto both players.

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