Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New England Patriots extended the contract of special teams' specialist Matthew Slater through the 2016 season, according to ESPNBoston.com.
ESPNBoston.com also reports that the 29-year-old Slater, who is a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the Patriots' captains, will receive $3 million in guarenteed money with incentives that could earn up to $4.2 million.
"Matt does a lot of things for us," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said. "Obviously he's a very good player on the field, professional, works hard. (He) does a great job with all the players -- younger players -- but also his peers. He's very well-respected in the locker room, not just by the players but by the entire organization by the way he goes about his job, how dependable he is, his work ethic, his attitude, his toughness. He's really such a model player. I'd love to have 53 guys like him."
Slater has played in 98 regular-season games making 99 tackles for the Patriots since they selected him in the fifth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
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