The Patriots and longtime special teams ace Matthew Slater have agreed to a two-year extension that will keep him away from unrestricted free agency. The deal also all but ensures that the 34-year-old will play his entire career in New England.
How many wins is Matthew Slater worth? It's a question worth asking now that the Patriots' special teams captain has made a pair of difference-making plays in the team's two closest wins of the season.
The Patriots boast one advantage over the remaining NFL playoff teams that goes beyond having Bill Belichick and Tom Brady: experience. But if you ask Belichick about the E-word, he'll tell you that it doesn't matter.
Bill Belichick famously chanted "No days off!" at the Patriots' Super Bowl parade last February. As many players learned back in 2009, he doesn't believe in snow days, either. And the head coach is sticking to his guns again on Thursday, despite the looming "bomb-cyclone" storm.