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Cribbs admits that tampering is happening

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CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 09: Wide receiver Josh Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns returns a punt during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Chiefs 30-7. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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It’s an open secret in the NFL. Tampering has been and will continue to occur regarding the class of upcoming free agents.

It was rampant in Indianapolis, and it will surely continue until March 9, when the new three-day tampering window opens.

The problem with tampering being so blatant is that players don’t always realize that they should ix-nay the ampering-tay talk. Browns receiver Josh Cribbs has admitted to ESPN Radio Cleveland that tampering is indeed happening.

“My agent has been meeting with several different teams,” Cribbs said. “There is a lot of interest. There are already numbers brought to the table. Things are happening. Wheels are turning behind closed doors.”

There’s a reason those doors are closed, Josh.

The NFL rarely acts on tampering cases, in part because the league knows everyone does it. However, sometimes it’s so blatant that failure to act isn’t an option.

With Cribbs, the NFL likely will have to at least investigate the situation.