Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) – The New England Patriots prevented special
teams ace Matthew Slater from hitting the open market in the offseason, with
the wide receiver agreeing to terms on a two-year extension on Wednesday.
Financial terms were not disclosed, though an ESPN report said the deal is
worth $4 million and includes a $100,000 bonus if Slater is selected to the
Slater has been named to the Pro Bowl as the AFC’s special teamer in each of
the last three years and was a first team All-Pro in both 2011 and 2012. The
29-year-old has recorded 83 special teams tackles since 2010.
“He’s really pretty much a model player. I’d love to have 53 guys like him,”
said Patriots head coach Bill Belichick of Slater.
“His personality, his intelligence, his toughness, his character — both on
and off the field — his leadership is all exemplary. You couldn’t really find
anything any better.”
Slater, the son of Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jackie Slater, was in the
final season of a three-year contract he signed in March of 2012. The UCLA
product entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick of New England in 2008.