Today, the New England Patriots gave a one-year deal worth $1.8 mil to the gifted special teamer, according to Field Yates of ESPN. This deal will keep Slater in New England though the 2017 season. Now, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe points out that Slater’s contract amounts to two-year, $2.8 million deal that includes a $600,000 sign bonus. In detail, he will make base salaries of $1 million and $900,000 and can earn $300,000 in per-game bonus in 2017 along with incentives of $250,000 in total incentives.
Now, the 30-year-old special teams captain has been playing under Head Coach Bill Belichick for the past eight years. He was drafted out of UCLA in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was picked 13rd overall in the fifth-round.
The Patriots kept Slater, as he is a special teams captain and that he is one of the best gunners and jammers in all of football. When opponents match up against him, they will not get to the returner or if he is going to go after the punt returner, he uses his 4.4 speed to make a great play.
In addition, the Bruin product has picked up a combined total of 121 tackles (97 solos) in 119 career games.
Finally, Slater has only one career catch, which was a 46 yard pass back in 2011. Now, he is valuable insurance if a kick returner goes down, as he has 32 returns for 585 yards, which averages at 18.3 yards per return.
Note: Slater was selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Pro Bowl as a special teamer.