The Patriots are keeping one of their longest player partnerships alive for another season.
Special teams captain Matthew Slater is re-signing with the Patriots on a one-year deal, as first reported by Field Yates and Mike Reiss of ESPN. Yates later added that it’s a one-year deal for $2.62 million.
Slater will now play a 15th season in the National Football League, all of which have been in New England. He is a two-time First Team All-Pro as a special teamer, and has made the second team three times. In 2021, he was a second team All-Pro and was also recognized for his off-field accomplishments with the league’s prestigious Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
The Patriots’ special teams snap leader (351) in 2021, Slater should continue to be one of the league’s elite gunners and most respected locker room leaders. If retaining their culture is of paramount importance to Bill Belichick, then keeping Slater in the fold is a no-brainer for accomplishing that.
Nov 14, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) gives a towel to a fan after a game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
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
Matthew Slater #18 of the New England Patriots celebrates after a missed field goal by the New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Matthew Slater #18 of the New England Patriots before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Matthew Slater #18 of the New England Patriots looks on after the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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