Special teams captain and perennial Pro Bowler Matthew Slater has reached an agreement on a two-year deal to return to the New England Patriots.

Slater agreed to the deal, reported by ESPN's Mike Reiss, after taking a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

Slater has spent his entire career with the Patriots after being drafted by the team in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

The 32-year-old Slater has been named to seven consecutive Pro Bowls and has won two Super Bowls with the Patriots.

Slater won the NFL's 2017 Bart Starr Starr Award, given to the player who best exemplifies character and leadership.

He was inactive for the first four games of the 2017 season due to a hamstring injury. He returned in Week 5, but the same injury caused him to miss three more games later in the season.

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