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PED Suspensions Trending Away From Seattle Seahawks

Updated as of 8-22-14; the most recent updates include PED violations by Donald Stephenson of the Chiefs, Orlando Scandrick of the Cowboys, Reshad Jones of the Dolphins, and a violation by Lane Johnson of the Eagles, who now lead the NFL with 3 violations in the last 21 months.

During this past offseason, the Seahawks were able to unload via FA, two of the last three players on the team who had previously been suspended for violating either the NFL's Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) Policy or the Substances of Abuse (recreational drugs) Policy. Only one player remains...Bruce Irvin, who was suspended for a violation of the PED Policy on May 17, 2013. Gone this off-season is Brandon Browner, who was last suspended for a Substances of Abuse violation on December 18, 2013, after having been suspended on December 5, 2012 for a PED Policy violation. Also gone this off-season is Walter Thurmond, who was suspended on November 24, 2013 for a Substances of Abuse Policy violation. Previously PED suspended Seahawks include Winston Guy, Allen Barbre and John Moffitt...but all three of them were gone from the team in short order.

But there is a silver lining for the Seahawks: they have had ZERO PED violations in the last 15 months, and only one, the Irvin violation, in the past 21 months. After leading the NFL with 5 PED suspensions from December 2010 through May 2013, and after an apparent attempt to "clean house", it appears the Seahawks are finally distancing themselves from the stigma of being known as the leading PED team.

Here is a list of NFL teams and the number of PED violations they have had over the last 21 months:

Eagles- 3, Redskins- 2, Colts- 2, Rams- 2, Vikings- 2, Giants- 2, Dolphins- 2, Jets- 1, Jaguars- 1, Chiefs- 1, Seahawks-1, Bengals- 1, Ravens- 1, Raiders- 1, 49ers- 1, Bears- 1, Cowboys-1.

Below is a list of the teams who have snatched up players with previous PED suspensions in the last couple of years:

Talib- to NE and then to DEN; Wright- to S.F.; Cunningham- to S.F. and then to NYJ; Browner- to NE; Love- to MIN. Since 2012, the Patriots and the 49ers are the league leaders in signing players with past PED violations. The 49ers, apparently had no qualms about signing Eric Wright and Jermaine Cunningham, both players who had been previously suspended.

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