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Bengals Bytes (3/7): Sheriff saddles up

Peyton Manning finally decides to retire from the game he changed forever. Josh Gordon keeps making not so great decisions. Tre Mason gets arrested and Alfred Morris prepares to move on from Washington.

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What is the 'legal tampering' period?
Free agency officials kicks off at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. But the courtship process can begin well before that under league rules. Yes, we're talking about the so-called "legal tampering" period of free agency, or as the NFL officially refers to it, the negotiating period for prospective unrestricted free agents.

Alfred Morris preps for next step in message to fans
The Washington Redskins and Alfred Morris haven't been in much contact since the end of the season, a clear sign the team is ready to move on from the running back once believed to be a franchise cornerstone to pair with Robert Griffin III. The lesson? Things change fast in the National Football League. On Saturday, Morris took to Instagram to talk about his four years in Washington.

Los Angeles Rams RB Tre Mason tasered, arrested in Florida
Los Angeles Rams running back Tre Mason was subdued with a Taser and arrested Saturday night in Hollywood, Florida, according to a Broward County Clerk of Courts police report. The Hollywood Police Department arrested Mason on suspicion of possession of marijuana, reckless driving, failure to register a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.

Bill Belichick Comments on Peyton Manning's Retirement
It's no secret that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick admires former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. On Sunday, Belichick gave a lengthy explanation about how much respect he has for the legendary signal-caller on the same day the Broncos announced his retirement following an 18-year career.

Ideal NFL Roles for 2016 Draft's Top Wide Receivers
The 2016 NFL draft class does not have nearly the offensive talent we've seen in recent years. In fact, Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman recently called it "the worst offensive draft class in years."  It's safe to say this class won't produce another instant-impact receiver like New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. or Oakland Raiders wideout Amari Cooper. However, there are plenty of receivers in this class who can fill valuable roles early in their career.

Anquan Boldin looking for a contender
Anquan Boldin will be very selective when it comes to finding a new home this offseason after sources told NFL Media's Rand Getlin that Boldin prefers "a team that can compete at the highest level" in free agency.

Roddy White says Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan 'wanted me to be out' of the offense
Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White opened up about being released after 11 seasons and was candid about his shaky relationship with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. The 34-year-old White, who participated in the UAB alumni football game Saturday, said he wasn't too upset about the Falcons' final decision.

Suspended Browns WR Josh Gordon lets Twitter know he attended fight with troubled QB Johnny Manziel
Suspended Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon confirmed on Twitter early Sunday morning he attended UFC 196 with troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel on Saturday night in Las Vegas. A photograph of the two surfaced online with the captain, "Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon attend #UFC196 together," to which Gordon replied, "Yep."

Peyton Manning Closes Book On Illustrious NFL Career
Peyton Manning will announce his retirement from the NFL today, closing the book on an 18-year NFL career highlighted by five MVPs and two Super Bowl championships. When Manning was on the cusp of another Super Bowl earlier this year, Colts Owner Jim Irsay touched on the impact No. 18 had on his franchise.