Patriots sign special teams captain Matthew Slater to a 1-year extension

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The New England Patriots will be keeping one of their core players around for another year, as the team has agreed to a one-year contract extension with special teams captain Matthew Slater.

Slater has played his entire career with the Patriots after being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He has mostly played on special teams, only occasionally lining up as a wide receiver. He was named the special teams captain by his teammates in 2011 and has served in that role ever since.

He is also one of the unquestioned leaders of the team off the field as well, so his value cannot be understated.

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