Matthew Slater inks 1-year extension with Patriots

One of Bill Belichick's most loyal lieutenants in New England is getting a contract extension.

Special teams ace Matthew Slater inked a 1-year extension on Tuesday worth up to $1.8 million, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, citing a source informed of the deal.

Slater is one of the more underrated players of the last 10 years. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Slater has racked up more than 120 tackles over his career. He is available to catch passes, defend them or return kicks. He last signed a contract extension with the team back in 2014.

Loyalty is important to Belichick and no one has encapsulated the Patriot way like Slater over the years. Belichick values special teams play more than possibly any coach in football not named John Harbaugh and he's not going to risk his jack-of-all-trades captain hitting the open market. It's probably safe to say Slater will be around in Foxborough for the rest of his career.

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