How do we feel about Matthew Slater coming back to the Patriots?!
New England re-signed one of their more vocal leaders in Slater on Tuesday, continuing his now decade-plus run with the team. While the deal was announced earlier this week, we’re now getting the particulars on the deal that kept him in Foxboro.
According to Ben Volin of The Boston Globe, Slater signed a two-year deal that’ll have him under contract with the Pats through the 2019 season. In total, the deal is worth $5.2 million with a $1 million signing bonus. In 2018 he’ll earn a max value of $2.7 million and in 2019 he’ll make $2.5 million.
He caps hits are $2.025 million in ’18 and $3 million in ’19.
2019 is also an option year. Slater has a $400k roster bonus next March, so while may may be under contract beyond next season, there’s a chance that this could end up being a one-year deal at the end of the day.
Overall, this deal is a pretty solid pay raise to the $900k base salary Slater was making in 2017.
A hamstring injury put a significant dent in his 2017 campaign, but it doesn’t look to be much of a factor for the 32-year-old next year.
Slater has been with the Patriots for his entire 10-year career thus far. New England drafted him in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of UCLA and has turned into one of the greatest special teams player in the league. While he’s technically labeled as a receiver, Slater has earned his supper on that special teams unit, where he’s served as the team’s gunner essentially since he arrived in Foxboro.
Throughout his career, Slater has totaled 134 tackles, a forced fumble and even was able to be a factor in the return game in his earlier days totaled 637 return yards.
Slater is one of the longest tenured Patriots outside of Tom Brady and Stephen Gostkowski. During his time in Foxboro, he’s also been one for the more decorated players to wear a Patriots uniform. Slater’s been a seven time Pro Bowler, four time First Team All Pro and has helped New England claim two Super Bowl titles during his tenure.
Back in 2016, Slater was also awarded the Bart Starr Award which is given annually to a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field. With that pedigree, having Slater back in the room is a overall great thing for the Pats moving into 2018.