Tom Brady told make Antonio Brown return to New England Patriots decision

Tom Brady should be making the final decision about whether or not Antonio Brown should return to the New England Patriots.

That is according to ESPN pundit Stephen A. Smith, who claims the wide receiver could help Bill Belichick’s team to another Super Bowl win this season.

Brown was released by the Patriots after just one game early in the regular season amid sexual assault allegations.

The 31-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on September 7 worth a reported £12.2m including a £7.3m signing bonus.

Brown apologised to Patriots owner Robert Kraft on social media on Tuesday for disparaging comments he made about him following the release.

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And this has led to rumours that he could return to New England to help their stalling forward line.

The Patriots still have a 9-1 record in the AFC West but it is their suffocating defence that is winning them games.

Smith was asked about the Brown situation and reckons the decision should come from quarterback Brady.

“That decision should be made completely up to Tom Brady,” Smith said on Wednesday’s episode of First Take on ESPN.

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“Completely up to Tom Brady. Because he’s the 42-year-old, six-time Super Bowl champion. OK? Who’s playing with close to nothing at this particular juncture and needs all the help he can get.

“The man needs a running game, he needs receivers, he needs tight ends, he needs offensive linemen.

“The only thing that Tom Brady has been given by the New England Patriots is probably breakfast and lunch. That’s about it. They’ve done nothing for him this year, thus far.”

“All I’m saying is this: When it comes to Tom Brady, you are going after the Super Bowl, specifically because your defense is elite this year. Give the man something,” Smith said.

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“Now if he doesn’t want Antonio Brown, then of course to hell with it because I wouldn’t be apt to give Antonio Brown a chance — not with the distraction he has been.

“But clearly he did show Tom Brady respect. Clearly Tom Brady showed him love. The man was going to invite him into his home. He had a room for him, he had everything.

“Probably had the maid and everything for him, a robe for him, everything. He wasn’t going to be in need of anything, OK?

“Tom Brady wanted this man on board. If the sexual assault allegations are no longer an issue and it’s strictly about football, I would say allow Tom Brady to make that decision. He’s earned it.”

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