FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater made it clear Thursday that he'd prefer not to play in the Pro Bowl, because that would mean his team would no longer be alive in the NFL playoffs.
"Well, I didn't get to go last year. Hopefully I don't get to go this year," he said. "I'd rather be eating gumbo in New Orleans than pineapple in Hawaii."
But regardless of whether or not Slater attends the game, his nomination was a valuable one, as it triggered a $300,000 incentive clause in his contract, as was reported (link HERE) by ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
As it turns out, Slater was the only Patriot among the team's seven Pro Bowl picks to earn a raise for his selection, according to a league source.
This past offseason, Slater was re-signed to a three-year contract that included a $2 million signing bonus (link HERE).