Browns Make Move With Miami For WR Davone Bess

The Browns Friday agreed to a trade with the Dolphins in which they acquired wide receiver Davone Bess.

In addition, the Browns traded fourth (104th) and fifth (164th) round draft picks while receiving fourth (111th) and seventh (217th) round draft choices. The trade is contingent on Bess passing a physical.

“Davone is a proven receiver who has been extremely productive throughout his career,” said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski. “He possesses outstanding hands and separation skills, while also showing the ability to pick up yards in key situations. Because of his talent and experience, we feel as though he can come in and help us right away.”

“The opportunity to acquire an established veteran such as Davone was one we felt we could not pass up,” said Browns CEO Joe Banner. “We believe this is a move that will immediately upgrade our football team, and as we have throughout the offseason, we are committed to improving our club through all possible means.”

Since 2009, Bess has caught 267 passes, the 14th-highest total among all NFL wide receivers during this time. In his career (2008-12), he has accounted for 130 third-down receptions, second-most in the NFL over this five year span, trailing only Roddy White (146).

Over the last four years (2009-12), 42 percent of Bess’ receptions have come on third down, which is the highest rate among all NFL players with 100 or more catches. His career reception total of 321 trails only Wes Welker (560) for the most in the league by any undrafted player since 2008.

A three-year letterman at the University of Hawaii (2005-07), Bess started in all 39 contests in which he appeared, recording 293 receptions for 3,610 yards with 41 touchdowns. His 293 catches were a school and conference record as he was a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection each season.

He is the only player in Warriors history to record three 1,000-yard receiving seasons as he set a school and conference records for games with a touchdown reception (29). His 41 career touchdown catches also set a school record.

A native of Oakland, California, the 5-10, 190-pound Bess attended Skyline High School, where he lettered in football, baseball and basketball. Off the field, he has established “The Bess Route Foundation”, which is dedicated to shaping positive lifestyles for underprivileged children and providing funds for families in need.

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One Response to “Browns Make Move With Miami For WR Davone Bess”

  1. Denolakes says:

    OK. So far, what has this team done in the off-season? With new ownership and management, players like Watson, Dawson and Cribbs were allowed to leave; two of those guys filled positions on need and they were higher quality talent. Not fully convinced that Weeden is the guy at QB, a veteran — former 1 pick and starter for many games — is brought in to “push” Weeden. I’m still thinking this one through, but I don’t seem to recall anyone ever having to “push” guys like Marino, Elway, Brady, Manning, Rogers, Favre . . . they provided their own “push”, as I see it. So, the jury’s still out on this one for the reason being stated by management, but it is probably a good move even just for depth purposes. I’m not sure I would have let Gocong go, but the additions of Kruger and Bryant to an already decent defense alone may have allowed this unit to take a next step to being mentioned in the top NFL defense discussions. Add Quentin Groves, KeKe Mingo and Leon McFadden with a couple of decent fill-in DBs and there is no question the defense we have come to know and loathe in Cleveland has been unceremoniously and decidedly shown the exit. Good riddance. On paper, anyway, this is a very good defense as it currently sits. Offense, well, obviously the greater area of need was defense, wasn’t it? But, still, Bess and Nelson are good moves — and then there’s the Campbell addition. Bess, because he is an established consistent performer as a slot receiver. Nelson because the risk/benefit is ideal. If he returns as he was pre-injury, there could be some pretty cool 4-receiver sets out of the shotgun with 4 very real pass-catching options instead of players just in space. Overall, I’d say “Not bad. Not bad at all.” to this out of the box effort by this management group. Disciplined, Patient. Had a plan and executed it. Now let’s see how they finish.

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