New England Patriots Special Teams captain, Matthew Slater always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
For at least the next two seasons, that ‘right place’ will be Foxboro, Massachusetts.
As first reported by Field Yates of ESPN, Slater has agreed to a two-year extension with New England. Yates reported that the contract is similar to Slater’s previous one with the Patriots, which averaged $2.6 million per year.
The 34-year-old Slater is coming off of another All-Pro campaign; his fifth in 12 years with the Patriots. He is currently the team’s third-longest tenured player, behind quarterback Tom Brady (20 seasons) and kicker Stephen Gostkowski (14 seasons), per NFL.com
While Slater is officially listed as a wide receiver on the team’s depth chart, he has typically worked exclusively on special teams. He recorded 10 tackles and recovered a fumble this past season, en route to earning his eighth Pro Bowl selection. In doing so, he broke Steve Tasker’s record for most special teams nods.
In addition to his on-field prowess, Slater is also known as an inspirational and spiritual leader for the Patriots. Coach Bill Belichick regularly has him address players and coaches after every victory, and is revered by his teammates, both past and present. Slater has been the Patriots’ special-teams captain each year since 2011.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and Columnist for Full Press Coverage. He covers the New England Patriots and provides NFL editorial content. He is also the host of the Locked On Patriots podcast. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC