New England Patriots

Details of Matthew Slater’s new two-year deal with the Patriots have been released, thanks to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

Slater will be due base salaries of $1.2 million in 2018 and $1.6 million in 2019, plus $400,000 in per-game roster bonuses in each season. He also got a $1 million signing bonus and a chance to earn another $100,000 in incentives.

Although Slater’s extension is for two years, Reiss describes it as essentially a one-year deal with a team option for a second. He compares it to Alan Branch, who signed a two-year deal with the Pats in 2017 only to be cut after year one. Branch will cost the Pats $1 million in dead cap money in 2018; Slater would cost only $500,000 if released in 2019, according to Spotrac.

Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots gets ready to cover a kickoff play. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Matthew Slater (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

It’s highly unlikely that Bill Belichick would simply cut Slater loose after 2018, though. Barring a major injury, perhaps. But he’s long been one of the consummate Patriots, not to mention an elite special teams player. At the end of the day, it’s a low-cost extension for one of the team’s most valuable locker room leaders.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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