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Matthew Slater reportedly still ‘a regular at Gillette Stadium’ as decision on his Patriots future looms

Slater is contemplating a 16th NFL season.

Matthew Slater
Matthew Slater talks to reporters following the end of the Patriots' 2022 season. AP Photo/Adrian Kraus

The Bruins lost to the Hurricanes 4-1 on Sunday, the team’s third consecutive loss. Boston will be back at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Toronto against the Maple Leafs to try and shake off the losing streak.

The Celtics will also be back on Wednesday, playing the Nets at TD Garden at 7:30 p.m.

The matchup is set for Super Bowl LVII, with the Eagles defeating the 49ers 31-7 in the NFC Championship Game and the Chiefs topping the Bengals 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game.

And Loren Gabel of the Boston Pride was named MVP of the Premier Hockey Federation’s All-Star Game, scoring three goals and adding an assist.

The latest on Matthew Slater: Though the Patriots season is over, one player is still making his presence known at the team facility.


Matthew Slater, New England’s 37-year-old special teams ace, was unsure about his future following the season finale loss to the Bills earlier in January.

But according to a Sunday note from ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Slater is still showing up to work (at least for now).

“The venerable special teams captain, who is deliberating playing a 16th NFL season, has been a regular at Gillette Stadium in recent weeks,” wrote Reiss.

As a 10-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion, Slater seemingly has nothing left to prove. Still, it appears the door may not be entirely shut on a potential return in 2023.

Slater is set to become a free agent in March, but could easily re-sign in New England given the respect that players and coaches (especially Bill Belichick) have for him.

Trivia: Tom Brady is first all-time in games played for the Patriots with 285. Matthew Slater is second at 223. Who is third?

(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: He was a 1987 Patriots first-round pick.

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