On Monday night, Patriots free agent linebacker Matt Chatham agreed to join the New York Jets. Chatham, 28, spent six seasons with the Patriots as a special teams regular and reserve linebacker. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound South Dakota product headed into free agency intent on finding a team that would offer him a chance to compete for a starting role on defense.
Reports indicate Chatham signed a three-year deal with the Jets. Terms of the contract were unavailable.
Jets head coach Eric Mangini, who coached Chatham in New England, is working on converting the New York defense to a 3-4 scheme similar to the one he ran in New England. Chatham is comfortable enough in the system to play a number of positions in Mangini's system and could become a starter in the base defense rather than the role player he was with the Patriots.
In his six seasons, Chatham has amassed 96 tackles with 2.5 sacks and one pass defensed. He has participated in 66 games and been a member of the Patriots defense in each of their three Super Bowl championship seasons.
Chatham visited New York over the weekend, staying to complete negotiations late Monday evening.