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Matthew Slater Re-Signs With Patriots On Two-Year Deal

Matthew Slater Re-Signs With Patriots On Two-Year Deal

Slater is signing a two-year deal to return to New England, per Mike Reiss of ESPN.

Though he visited Pittsburgh over the weekend and it appeared as though his career in New England might have been over, Slater will be returning to the Patriots.

The 32-year-old Slater has spent his entire career with the Patriots since they selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

The departure of Nate Solder, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler leaves the Patriots with significantly fewer playoff-tested veterans heading into 2018.

Whatever tension remains in Foxborough isn't enough to drive Matthew Slater away.

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Keeping Slater a Patriot is a step in the right direction in terms of preserving some of the team's championship DNA.

But the unexpected didn't happen this time.

Slater's off-field contributions are perhaps more influential than his on-field contributions, though. When on the field, he remains excellent in special teams coverage.

Slater is officially listed as a wide receiver but has just one career reception. Slater famously leads the postgame speech after wins.