Slater has started only three games in his career - all in 2011 - but has carved out an impressive niche on special teams, earning Pro Bowl honors for the past seven seasons. That just so happens to be the same total as his dad, and Hall of Fame running back, Jackie Slater.
The two-year deal gives Slater, who entered the National Football League as a fifth-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2008, a chance to spend his career with just one team.
The departure of Nate Solder, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and Malcolm Butler leaves the Patriots with significantly fewer playoff-tested veterans heading into 2018.
Matthew Slater won't be leaving New England after all.
Drafted in 2008 as a wide receiver, Slater has had little impact on the offensive end (one career reception for 46 yards).
A true asset on the field, Slater's importance to the team is also evident in the locker room.
Last season was a tough one for Slater. Additionally, his successful coin toss call led to the Patriots win in Super Bowl LI.