Patriots News: Bill Belichick, Trent Brown, Michael Penix Jr. and Matthew Slater

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Trent Brown is defended by highly respected teammate after allegations claim he's been an issue behind the scenes

The downfall of Trent Brown on the Patriots has been a fascinating story to watch unfold this season, as he was at one point the best offensive player on the roster. Just a few weeks later, he's become absent and distant and seemingly uninterested in participating or getting back onto the field, prompting more rumors and allegations about his behavior behind closed doors.

Issues with Brown are nothing new for the Patriots, who have allegedly had difficulties keeping him motivated and focused during his stints with the team. That's apparently been the issue again recently, as reports have indicated he has become a problem in the locker room, which is said to have stemmed from missing out on significant incentives this season due to injuries.

Because he's been painted in a bad light recently, Matthew Slater defended his teammate and character during his WEEI's "Jones and Mego" appearance this week.

"Look, I’m not in the room with the linemen or the offense, but Trent has been a stand-up guy. He’s come into work. He’s come in ready and prepared. He worked hard this offseason.

"Obviously, he was playing some really good football in the early portion of the year and unfortunately had some injuries, but I have no issues with Trent. I enjoy being around him, I’ve enjoyed playing with him and that’s all I can really say.”

Is there anyone on planet Earth better to defend you than Matthew Slater? Probably not.

Hearing this could help his stock in free agency since Brown has already said he will be testing the market this year, mainly due to the Patriots not extending him when they said they would. It's an unfortunate end to what should have been another successful run in New England, but all good things must come to an end.