Sources: Pats’ Edelman facing 4-game PED ban

jets_040Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is appealing a four-game ban that would cause him to sit out games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins, league sources told ESPN.

Earl Thomas wants a new contract from the Seattle Seahawks, announcing Sunday that he’s skipping mandatory minicamp this week until my contract situation is resolved.

The 29-year-old safety, who has made three first-team All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls and has 25 career interceptions, is entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million deal. He was the subject of trade speculation earlier this offseason, and the Dallas Cowboys have flirted with trying to acquire him. Seahawks general manager John Schneider never shot down the possibility of a Thomas trade, saying it’s his job to listen to all offers.

Chicago dominated the early-season matchups in this budding battle, but Milwaukee has shown no signs of backing down.

Seattle retained its Chancellor insurance, Bradley McDougald, in free agency. The problem is McDougald is a free safety-type, strong in coverage but weak where Chancellor excels in cleaning up against the run. Second-year players Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson are the only other players who got snaps at safety in 2017. Hill needs to emerge as a more valuable swing player this season.

Should Thomas and Chancellor stay together, the Seahawks will be OK, but a strength could become a liability sooner than expected.

Bryant had three hits and scored a run while batting leadoff for the first time in his career, Ian Happ made a spectacular diving catch near the left-field corner to end the game and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Friday.

Jitters aside, Bryant looked comfortable in an unfamiliar spot and helped the Cubs win for the 10th time in 12 games. He went 3 for 4 with singles in his first three at-bats and scored in a two-run first inning.

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