The inevitable end for Davone Bess' time with the Miami Dolphins has finally come. According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins agreed to send Bess to the Cleveland Browns on Friday:
UPDATE: Friday, April 26, at 7:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the terms of the trade:
According to Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal the Browns have signed Bess to a 3-year extension:
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Though there is no current word about the compensation the Browns will be sending back, Bess' departure from Miami has been speculated about for some time. The Dolphins made major moves this offseason to bolster their receiving corps, signing Mike Wallace in free agency and re-signing Brian Hartline for a long-term deal.
No longer destined for first-team action, Bess’ move out of Miami was all but cemented when the team signed Brandon Gibson in March. The Dolphins made their biggest weakness in 2012 a strength, leaving Bess as the odd man out in the rotation.
It also didn’t help matters that there were rumors of dissent between the 27-year-old receiver and Miami. Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke noted that the team was unhappy with his decision to miss the 2012 season’s final three games.
As word about Bess’ availability spread around the league, the question was “when” not “if” he would be dealt this offseason. Though the movement was slow at first, the Browns emerged as a serious suitor over the past few days, per Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Assuming no snags derail the move, Bess will be joining a core of burgeoning young deep threats in Cleveland. The Browns found a potential star last season in rookie Josh Gordon, who stretched 12 of his 50 receptions into gains of 20 yards or more. Heading into his second season, Cleveland will be expecting a ton from Gordon in 2013—something Bess’ skill set could make a whole lot easier.
A 5’10” possession receiver known for his crisp routes, Bess was a bastion of consistency in Miami. He’s made at least 50 receptions and gained more than 500 yards in each of his five professional seasons, all of which came with the Dolphins.
Bess caught 61 passes for 778 yards and one touchdown in 13 games last season, setting a career high with 12.8 yards per reception.