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Jabrill Peppers signs participation agreement

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One day becoming the first rookie since Shawne Merriman to refuse to sign a participation agreement allowing him to take part in offseason workouts without a formal contract, Browns safety Jabrill Peppers has signed the paperwork, per multiple reports.

So here’s the obvious question: What changed in a day?

It could be that Peppers and the team realized that his decision to do something extremely unusual could create the impression that he’s trying to delay his entry into Stage One of the drug-testing program, since he can’t be tested until he signs the participation agreement or his rookie deal. Given the rarity of a rookie refusing to sign the participation agreement, there had to be a reason for not doing it on Friday, and there has to be a reason for the reversal a day later.

The real concern for Peppers, if his positive drug test at the Scouting Combine came simply from accidentally ingesting too much water, should be knowing exactly how much water he can drink without generating another dilute sample. Now that he’s with the team and eligible for testing, he should rely on something more than trial and error.

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14 Responses to “Jabrill Peppers signs participation agreement”
  1. drfeelyouup says: May 13, 2017 11:15 AM

    Geez, just use the whizzinator.

  2. umassdebatingteam says: May 13, 2017 11:24 AM

    He signed with the Colts?

  3. meximyke says: May 13, 2017 11:49 AM

    By now, he probably has taken every masking agent, known to man!

  4. mrfrostyj says: May 13, 2017 11:52 AM

    Or he just forgot to turn in the paperwork and it’s the offseason and people are trying to make mole hills into mountains just so they have something to talk about.

    The guy doesn’t have past well publicized character issues like a Josh Gordon or Johnny Manziel who came into the league with major red flags that were ignored because of talent level and I don’t think “don’t drink too much water” is that complicated to remember. We’re acting like he’s the only one to ever do this. Does the media want him to go to rehab for water addiction? When he actually tests positive for something then maybe these articles have merit but otherwise this is no different than the media painting Joe Haden haden as a problem child potential bust due to one incident that he won the appeal on and hasn’t been in trouble since.

    How about letting these kids prove themselves instead of profiting off of speculation which at this point is all this situation is.

  5. 12brichandfamous says: May 13, 2017 12:16 PM

    He did not test positive. He tested a dilute sample which is treated as a positive under the CBA. There is a difference.

    What amazes me is you utter lack of concern that a potential player at the combine, not yet employed in the NFL, is subject to CBA terms.

    That is ridiculous and should be railed against. Meanwhile UDFAs are still enjoying their banned substances at that point. Sounds unfair and discriminatory to me.

  6. waynefontesismyfather says: May 13, 2017 1:12 PM

    Does he get a participation trophy for turning in his participation agreement?

  7. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: May 13, 2017 1:41 PM

    The team came to that realization after you personally published the wild speculation in the first place.

  8. shurmanblog says: May 13, 2017 2:25 PM

    Be careful you don’t get the bends from all the deep thinking it took to come with this gem of a quote ” there had to be a reason for not doing it on Friday, and there has to be a reason for the reversal a day later “. That’s so bad even Captain Obvious is laughing at you .

  9. jag1959 says: May 13, 2017 3:41 PM

    12brichandfamous says:
    May 13, 2017 12:16 PM

    What amazes me is you utter lack of concern that a potential player at the combine, not yet employed in the NFL, is subject to CBA terms
    ________________________

    You do understand the combine is a by invitation only NFL event that is also sanctioned by the NFLPA right? Attendees have an agreement they all have to sign and agree to abide by, it no doubt includes those terms.

  10. campcouch says: May 13, 2017 6:25 PM

    Maybe the guy had other things to do before becoming a contractual slave. Now that he’s signed, it’s mandatory to be present. The day prior he was free to eat three scoops of ice cream, now he can only have one.

  11. tylawspick6 says: May 13, 2017 7:20 PM

    is this similar to a “participant” banner like with
    what hangs at lucas oil field?

  12. peytonsneck18 says: May 13, 2017 10:12 PM

    But did he sign his participation agreement,….on Lean?????? (Half baked reference )

  13. immafubared says: May 13, 2017 10:32 PM

    Bust city. Way over hyped. The NFL will expose that.

  14. terrellblowens says: May 13, 2017 11:15 PM

    Another classic example of you guys insinuating a wild accusation and then doubling down on it with another story when the narrative doesn’t fit. Come on guys you’re better than this

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