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Bengals Bytes (3/1): No splashing

We shouldn’t expect the Bengals to change their stripes as far as their free agency approach. The Browns lock up their punter ahead of free agency. The NCAA dishes out one of their stupidest punishments to date.

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Bengals at the Combine: '17 Edition

This gallery features photos of current Bengals players at past NFL Combines.

A fast look at the 40

As the football world flocks here for the NFL scouting combine to pay annual homage to the 40-yard dash, it’s only fitting that Bengals president Mike Brown is believed to be only owner left who times the NFL’s most hallowed steps. Paul Brown, his father and the man he helped mid-wife the Bengals into the world 50 years ago, is generally regarded as inventor of the 40-yard dash during the training camps he ran while coaching the Cleveland Browns in the late 1940s.

Doc: Bengals won't make free agency splash, and that's for the best

The NFL’s silly season started Tuesday at the Draft Combine, where 350-pound men will dash 40 yards for probably the last time in their lives and some poor stud will be asked to justify why he likes ketchup on his scrambled eggs. I can tell you exactly where I was the day Andre Smith removed his tee shirt to have his body fat measured. It was a day that will live in infamy.

AFC North Bytes

Antonio Brown knows pressure is on Pittsburgh Steelers offense

The money is catching up to the talent. The Steelers' offensive trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell should make up nearly one third of the team's salary-cap projections in light of Brown's new five-year, $72.7 million megadeal.

Browns Agree to 4-Year Contract with Punter Britton Colquitt

The Cleveland Browns liked what they saw from punter Britton Colquitt in 2016 enough to give him a long-term contract extension. The Browns officially announced Colquitt received a four-year deal on Tuesday. On the Browns' official website, Colquitt spoke about his new contract

Who Will Stay, Who Will Go?

There have been a lot of recent articles about the Ravens’ 11 Unrestricted Free Agents (UFA) and 6 Restricted Free Agents (RFA) and the prospects of their return. At Russell Street Report, we’ve decided to pool our resources and our different areas of expertise to provide a comprehensive free agency preview, with detailed player analysis and a thorough look at the Salary Cap implications.

Random Bytes

Richmond Spiders baseball players suspended for playing fantasy football

Members of the Richmond Spiders baseball team have been suspended for reportedly participating in fantasy football. The university announced Feb. 17 that five student-athletes on the baseball team had committed secondary violations and would be ineligible for competition until the NCAA completes the reinstatement process.

NFL combine: Storylines to watch among 2017 draft prospects

Before you see a single 40-yard dash, here's what to watch for as hundreds of prospects descend on Lucas Oil Stadium for a series of workouts and interviews that could tell us plenty about the 2017 draft.

Miami TE David Njoku, NFL Draft Combine Preview

The high-jump national champ turned tight end can solidify his first-round status in Indianapolis. Plus, a handful of small-school stars to watch and everything else to know heading into combine week.

Cover 3: Calling my NFL Combine standouts

I read recently where Mel Kiper Jr. noted that he wants to see Derek Barnett answer some athleticism questions at the NFL Combine. There's a perception that he's a 'try hard' defender who gets by on pure toughness and effort. If athleticism is the only question that Barnett needs to answer, he's about to get rich in Indianapolis.

Eric Berry, Chiefs finalizing six-year, $78 million deal

Eric Berry was adamant about not playing under the franchise tag again next season, and the Chiefs made sure Tuesday he will start the 2017 season with a new contract in his back pocket.

Agent's Take: A changing of the guard in how the NFL values top linemen

Left tackle has been considered the most important position on the offensive line in the modern NFL because of the responsibility of protecting a quarterback's blind side in the passing game. It has also been the highest-paid offensive line position. These things aren't expected to change anytime soon.

Dolphins owner putting 16 players through “business combine” this week

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross wants to help his players succeed in the future. But he also thinks his latest venture could help the team in the present. Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Ross is hosting 16 of his players for a “business combine” this week in New York to give them some insight into future opportunities beyond their playing days.