Matthew Slater returning to Patriots on a two-year deal


On Tuesday, the team reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with wide receiver, and special teams captain Matthew Slater.

Keeping Slater a Patriot is a step in the right direction in terms of preserving some of the team's championship DNA. He's been to seven Pro Bowls all as a special teams selection and he's won two Super Bowls during his time with the Patriots. Apart from Patterson and Slater, the Patriots' special teams also feature Nate Ebner and Brandon King.

Slater is officially listed as a wide receiver but has just one career reception.

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Matthew Slater has been a staple on the Patriots' special teams, which now retains its depth with the 32-year-old former UCLA Bruin's return. Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt and Phillip Dorsett will all be vying for snaps. After each win, Slater leads locker room speeches that many fans should be familiar with by now.

-Mike D'Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media.

The two-year deal gives Slater, who entered the National Football League as a fifth-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2008, a chance to spend his career with just one team.