New England Patriots

Oct 31, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) during the game against the Los Angeles Chargers SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There were some rumors after the 2020 season that Patriots special teams ace Matthew Slater was ready to retire. Instead Slater returned for his 14th NFL season, and was named to the AP All-Pro Second-Team and a record 11th Pro Bowl.

As another season comes to a close though, questions surrounding his future are against at the forefront. Asked about his plans after the Patriots’ season-ending loss to the Bills, Slater said he’s not ready to discuss such matters.

“I certainly don’t want to disrespect the team, and what we just went through, and talk about my personal situation,” Slater said. “Obviously I’m closer to the end, we all know that. I’ll pray about it an make a final decision and have some conversations. Tonight I just want to make sure I express gratitude to the people I owe it to and take time to be reflective and thankful for the experience this year and throughout the entirety throughout my career. ”

Currently the longest tenured player on the team, Slater has been a key part not only of the Patriots’ special teams but core leadership group as well. As for his on-field accolades, he’s a five-time All-Pro, 11-time Pro Bowler, and three-time Super Bowl champion.

Slater turned 36 back in September. He’s set to become a free agent when the new league year begins in March.

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