The New England Patriots are creating certain Matthew Slater remains with the sole franchise he has ever played. Feb ESPN’s Field Yates, New England signed Slater into a two-year expansion that’s roughly an average of $2.6 million each year. Slater made $2.9 million in final years in New England.
Scheduled for a free agent this offseason,” Slater played with 326 special-teams snaps to the Patriots in 2019, making first-team All-Pro honors for the second time. He’s led the Patriots at special-teams tackles seven times in his 12 seasons.
Slater, who’ll be 35 in September, handed Steve Tasker for its many Pro Bowl selections for a special teamer in league history. He’s only 1 catch for 46 yards in his 12 seasons and has played with only 201 offensive snaps because of 2012.
“I love to play with and would like to continue to perform with,” Slater informed Jeff Howe of The Sport. “I believe I have expressed a few times my urge to play with the entirety of my profession (in New England).
“When you play 12 years in one location, it’s hard for you to imagine playing anywhere else. I’ve certainly expressed that publicly. I’ve expressed that privately. But again, ultimately, sometimes that decision isn’t always in your hands. We’ll see how things go moving forward.”
The Patriots will keep their special teams captain on the team for the next two seasons. Coming off one of his best seasons in the league, Slater’s presence will likely keep New England’s special teams unit one of the best in the NFL.