Aiken extended through 2011

Patriots special teams captain Sam Aiken has signed a two-year contract extension with the club through 2011.

"Situations like this, it's always a choice by the player and the team," said Aiken's agent, Alvin Keels. "It's a good fit for both. New England wanted to extend him and Sam wanted to stay. I think he's excited."

Keels said the sides completed the deal last Friday. Aiken, a seven-year veteran who is in his second season with the Patriots, was entering the final year of his contract.

As part of the extension, Aiken's base salary increased to $1.16 million this season.

With the Patriots searching for a viable No. 3 receiver, Aiken has seen his snaps on offense increase in recent weeks. He is coming off a season-high performance against the Titans, with four catches for 30 yards.

He has five catches for 56 yards on the season, and is tied for the team lead with seven special teams tackles.