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Julian Edelman supports Patriots’ decision to sign Antonio Brown

Julian Edelman expressed support this week for the New England Patriots’ decision to sign Antonio Brown despite the distractions that came with it.

Revelations surrounding Brown’s controversial off-the-field issues has been generating unwanted headlines during his first few days with the Patriots, as news surfaced this week concerning a civil lawsuit filed against the wide receiver involving sexual assault allegations.

Edelman — as has been the case with the Patriots playing things close to the vest amid the ongoing developments related to the allegations against Brown — opted to focus more on Brown’s potential contributions to the team on the field as opposed to his troubles off of it.

The veteran weighed in on the situation during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s “Greg Hill Show.”

“Coach [Bill Belichick] is going to do what is best for the team, what he feels is best for the team,” Edelman said, per WEEI. “Adding Antonio, he feels that’s best for our team. Quite frankly, he’s a a really good football player. He works his tail off. He practiced this week. I think with a player like him, a player of his caliber, he’s going to raise the bar and raise the intensity of practice because he’s so good for other guys to see. He’s a really good football player and I look forward to playing with him.”

It remains to be seen whether Brown does indeed make his Patriots debut Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, but given that the NFL has yet to act, all signs point to the wideout playing, barring a late development.

If Brown does suit up Sunday, Edelman pointed out how his addition makes the Patriots offense that much more potent, saying Brown’s presence is “only going to make the unit better.”

At this point, the Patriots are reportedly preparing for Sunday’s divisional matchup with the Dolphins with the belief that Brown will play. As has been the case with the entire Brown saga over the past several months, however, it’s impossible to predict what could happen next, even in the next day or so.