FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After the New England Patriots’ season came to an end last month, Matt Slater said he’d given everything he had during his 15 years in the NFL.

But for now, retirement can wait.

The Patriots announced Friday that the 37-year-old and two-time All-Pro has decided to return for his 16th season in 2023.

“I thank God for His continued grace and provision over my career,” Slater said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to play under the leadership of Coach (Bill) Belichick. Thank you to the Kraft family and the entire Patriots organization for allowing me to continue to pursue my childhood dream.”

A fifth-round draft pick by New England in 2008 and son of Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, he has grown into a locker room leader and embodiment of Belichick’s “Patriot Way” culture. Along the way, Slater has been voted as the special teams captain 12 times while winning three Super Bowl rings.

“Matt’s incredible career is a testament to his preparation and will to succeed,” Belichick said. “We are thrilled he will be playing this season.”


The longest-tenured player on the 2022 roster, Slater has appeared in 222 games and is second only to Tom Brady in games played for the Patriots. He hasn’t missed a game over the past five seasons.

Last season, Slater finished with 13 special teams tackles. His 11 seasons with double-digit special teams tackles are the most in the NFL since 2000.

PACKERS: Running back Aaron Jones has agreed to remain with Green Bay on a restructured deal with a reduced salary for the upcoming season.

Drew Rosenhaus, Jones’ agent, said Jones will make $11 million in 2023 – including an $8.52 million signing bonus – rather than the $16 million he had been projected to make.

Jones, 28, rushed for a career-high 1,121 yards on 213 carries and caught 59 passes for 395 yards last season as part of a running-back tandem with 2020 second-round pick A.J. Dillon. Jones scored seven touchdowns – five receiving and two rushing.

JETS: Free-agent quarterback Derek Carr is meeting with the New York Jets this weekend, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The 31-year-old Carr, who spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Raiders, was released by Las Vegas on Tuesday after he declined to waive the no-trade clause in his contract. Las Vegas needed to trade or release him by Wednesday, or $40.4 million of his contract over the next two years would have become fully guaranteed.

The Jets are looking for a veteran quarterback to lead their offense after Zach Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in 2021, struggled mightily.

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