FOXBOROUGH - Ty Law could be back in New England after all - just not with the Patriots.
Law, who has not played a down this season, has agreed to terms with the New York Jets and will join the team pending a physical.
He could even be in uniform Thursday, when the Patriots face the Jets at Gillette Stadium with first place in the AFC East at stake.
The Patriots had expressed interest in bringing back their former cornerback, but at the right price. According to Adam Schefter of the NFL Network, the Patriots were in contact with Law until yesterday. But Law, who also was courted by the New Orleans Saints, chose Eric Mangini and the Jets.
"I just feel better about this and the direction this team is going and how they welcomed me," Law was quoted as saying by Schefter. "I wanted to be somewhere I was wanted."
Law told Schefter that the Jets plan to experiment with him at safety as well as use him at cornerback.
Law spent 10 seasons in New England and is tied for the team's all-time lead in interceptions with 36. He was a member of three Super Bowl title teams before his acrimonious departure from the team following the 2004 season, when he left for the Jets.
He played one season in New York before signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, the team he played for the previous two seasons.
A five-time Pro Bowler, Law twice has led the NFL in interceptions - 1998 (nine) and 2005 (10) - and has 52 career picks. At 34, he may have lost a step from his glory days, but according to Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, he is still capable of being a playmaker.
"He can still play," said Edwards earlier this season. "He's probably more of a role player now, and I think he knows that, but he can still play. Ty Law is a smart football player. [He] keeps himself in pretty good shape, and he knows what it takes to play out there."
Mike Reiss of the Globe staff contributed to this report