Patriots bring back Slater, White


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New England has now brought back three of its core special-teamers, as a league source confirms that the team has come to terms with Matthew Slater and Tracy White.

Slater was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2011, and also was a Pats co-captain for the first time. He led the Patriots with 17 special-teams tackles, but got some snaps on offense and even started three games at safety.

He was a fifth-round pick out of UCLA in 2008.

White was brought to the Patriots at the start of the 2010 season via a trade with the Eagles; he had 18 special-teams tackles in his first year with New England and 14 last season. On defense, the soon-to-be 31 year old had 25 tackles .

Niko Koutouvides was re-signed earlier this week.

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