FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that Special Team Captain Matthew Slater will return to the Patriots this season.
“I couldn’t be happier to learn that Matthew Slater has decided to return in his 16th season with the New England Patriots,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “Matthew’s drive to be the best will one day earn him induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But as great as his football career was, he’s an even better person. He is guided by his faith and spirituality, devoted to his family and committed to his craft. There is no better leader for our younger players or better ambassador for the Patriots organization. He really is something special and I am grateful that he will continue to contribute to the team. “
Slater, 37, is a 15-season NFL veteran with the Patriots, having originally joined the team as a fifth-round draft pick (153rd overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft from UCLA. The 6-foot, 205-pounder is a 12-time team captain and has received 10 Pro Bowl invitations as a special teamer, the most special Pro Bowl honors for teams in NFL history. Steve Tasker has the second most with seven Pro Bowl selections. The only other players active in 2022 with at least 10 Pro Bowl spots were Tom Brady (15) and Aaron Rodgers (10).
“Matt’s incredible career is a testament to his preparation and determination to succeed,” said head coach Bill Belichick. “We’re thrilled he’ll be playing this season.”