Matthew Slater will take some time before deciding whether to play in 2021

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Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater just wrapped up his 13th season and he isn’t sure he’ll be back for a 14th year with the team.

Slater is under contract for 2021, but said on Monday that he is going to take some time before deciding whether he will be back for another year.

“I’m at a point in my career now where I don’t know how much football I have left and I think as a young guy I was always thinking about the next season, the career you hope to have,” Slater said, via the team’s website. “Now, obviously, I’m on the back nine. I think you appreciate it a little more, I know that I do. My emotions when I think back on it are filled with gratitude and I’m just thankful for the opportunity I had to play another year. Thankful for my health and just teammates, experiences, everything, I’m really grateful for them.”

Slater missed the playoffs for the first time since his rookie season, but he was named to the Pro Bowl for his special teams work for the ninth time in his career. The Patriots will wait to see if he’s back for another shot at both in 2021.

10 responses to “Matthew Slater will take some time before deciding whether to play in 2021

  1. He has nothing more to prove he has achieved many titles and accolades as a member of the patriots he may retire but he will never be forgotten!

  2. Still playing at a pro bowl level. I want him back more for his leadership even more than his on field abilities.

  3. Slater has said he would like to spend his whole career with the Patriots, just as his father, Jackie Slater, spent his 20-year career with one team, the Rams. He’s still doing a great job, and nobody values special teams as much as Bill Belichick, so I doubt BB would think about trying to trade him. And my guess is that Slater would retire rather than uproot his family to go to another team for a few years at most.

    He is loved by the fans so much that it would be a shame for him not to hear their cheers during his last season. He’s such a great locker-room leader and moral force that I’m hoping that he finds a job with the team after he retires as a player. He would be a great asset.

  4. Why would he retire? One more year on the contract and he’s healthy. Why through away money?

  5. u4iadman says:
    January 5, 2021 at 9:12 am
    Leave the cheaters.


    We’re in your head forever. That, and you still attribute it to ghosts and goblins.

    It couldn’t be more perfect.

  6. u4iadman says:
    January 5, 2021 at 9:12 am
    Leave the cheaters.


    Jealousy that will pay dividends for years. Keep it coming.

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