The New England Patriots have a reputation that changes based on whether or not you’re a fan. For those who love them, they’re the greatest team ever. For those who hate them, they’re a group of cheaters that should be run out of the league. Videotaping other teams practices and under inflated footballs have added to the negative reputation. Stories like this aren’t going to help either. ESPN is reporting that wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Edelman is appealing the suspension, which tends to not go well for the player as most cases are upheld. But the 32-year-old is in his 10th season and has never tested positive before, and the system is not infallible. The suspension would cost Edelman $470,588.20 from his base salary. It would also have an adverse affect on any performance-based bonuses he could earn, as a quarter of his season would be gone. He lost the 2017 season to an ACL tear from which he is just now coming back. He has been participating in the teams offseason program, OTA’s and minicamp.
The Patriots start the season with games against Houston, Jacksonville, Detroit, and conference rival Miami.
It’s expected that the PED policy will be one of the topics of discussion during the next collective bargaining agreement talks when the current CBA ends in 2021.