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Davone Bess | Wide Receiver | #15

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
College: Hawaii
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Ex-Browns and Dolphins WR Davone Bess has been arrested following a "standoff with police at his suburban Phoenix home."
A SWAT team was called in after Bess "fled a traffic stop." Still only 30 years old, Bess' NFL career collapsed as he battled mental health issues. He hasn't caught a pass since 2013. Tue, Jun 21, 2016 01:25:00 PM

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Browns released WR Davone Bess.

Just 11 months ago, the Browns traded for Bess and signed him to a four-year contract that included $5.75 million guaranteed. Unbeknownst to them, he was dealing with mental problems that resurfaced late in the 2013 season and landed him on the reserve/NFI list. Before that, he was among the least effective receivers in the NFL, catching 42 passes for 362 yards with two touchdowns and leading the league with 14 drops. The Browns are going to try to void the guaranteed $3.067 million Bess still has left on his contract.
Wed, Mar 5, 2014 08:30:00 AM

Davone Bess has not spoken to the Browns since they revamped their front office, replacing GM Mike Lombardi with Ray Farmer.

It's notable because Bess recently checked himself into a mental facility, and Profootballtalk.com has reported the Browns hope to void the guaranteed money left on Bess' contract. "I haven't talked to the Browns, and I don't know how they feel about me," he said. Bess led the NFL with 14 dropped passes in 2013.
Wed, Feb 19, 2014 08:41:00 PM

Profootballtalk reports the Browns hope to void the $3.067 million guaranteed they owe Davone Bess for 2014.

Unbeknownst to Cleveland, Bess was dealing with mental issues when he was acquired from the Dolphins last April. The problems resurfaced late in 2013, and Bess was placed on the reserve/NFI list. According to PFT, the Browns believe that voided the guarantees in Bess' deal. Bess is signed through 2016. Going on 29, Bess was extremely ineffective before last year's issues.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 08:07:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer guesses the Browns will release Davone Bess.

This is going to be a complicated situation. The Browns unknowingly traded for damaged goods in Bess, who had been involuntarily hospitalized in a mental institution six weeks before the deal. Then they gave him a four-year deal that included $5.75 million guaranteed. The Browns might have a case against the Dolphins to recoup some of their cash, but the NFL is unlikely to give them any cap relief. Bess had just 42 catches for 362 yards with two touchdowns and dropped a league-most 14 passes before leaving the team in late December.
Mon, Feb 10, 2014 09:06:00 AM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins didn't tell the Browns about Davone Bess' apparent instability before trading him on draft weekend.

The Dolphins knew Bess had issues, but they took a "don't-ask-don't-tell approach" on the subject when they were shopping Bess and eventually trading him. Cleveland then inked Bess to a three-year contract extension. Now, it's probably not the first time a team has knowingly pawned off damaged goods to another team, but this just adds to ex-GM Jeff Ireland's poor reputation. Owner Stephen Ross has said he wants to find a new GM who has "integrity."
Sun, Jan 19, 2014 10:13:00 AM

The Miami Herald reports Davone Bess was Baker Acted back in March of 2013.

The term Baker Acted means to be hospitalized against one's own will, typically in a mental health institute. The Baker Act in Florida allows police to do this to an individual. Back in March, authorities were called to Bess' Florida home where they found the receiver incoherent and screaming about random things such as guns, drugs, and football while trying to be detained by a half-dozen men. On Friday, Bess was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Airport on assault charges. He reportedly broke a coffee mug on a police officer and got into a "fighting stance." The officer said it appeared Bess was under the influence of drugs and seemed to be "staring through" him in the altercation. Bess clearly needs help, and we hope he finds it. He's missed some time the past two seasons due to "personal reasons." Bess' stay in Cleveland is likely over.
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 06:27:00 PM

Davone Bess was arrested for assaulting a police officer/firefighter Friday morning at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Airport.

Bess has been in the news recently, and not for reasons you'd want to be in the news. He's posted photos online of what appears to be marijuana the past few weeks and left the Browns ahead of Week 15 for personal reasons. There are no further details on Bess' Friday-morning arrest, but he was taken into custody shortly after 6 AM local time. He's coming off one of the worst seasons of his career.
Source: CBS Miami
Fri, Jan 17, 2014 09:07:00 AM

Browns placed WR Davone Bess on the reserve/NFI list.

Bess didn't practice on Thursday or Friday and is dealing with a "serious family issue." He won't play in the final two games and the move officially ends his season. Bess will finish with just 42 catches for 362 yards and two touchdowns, while leading the NFL with 14 drops. He signed a four-year, $14.18 million extension with the Browns back in April, but will likely face competition for slot duties in 2014.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Davone Bess is listed as questionable for Week 16, as he's dealing with a "serious family issue."

Details are unclear but Bess didn't practice on Thursday or Friday. The Browns' backup slot receiver is Josh Cooper. Greg Little can also play inside.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Davone Bess (illness) is not practicing Thursday.

The most drop-prone and ineffective players in the league this year, the Browns would do well to reduce Bess' role regardless of his health.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 11:15:00 AM

Davone Bess caught three passes for 28 yards in Week 13 versus Jacksonville.

Bess drew five targets on the day. His 28 yards were his most since Week 3. Bess is miles away from fantasy relevance. He's battled drops this season and is on pace for a quiet 53-457-2 line in his first season with Cleveland.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 06:17:00 PM

Davone Bess caught five passes for 27 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss to the Steelers.

Bess started over Greg Little this week and played the slot in three-wide sets. He finished with eight targets and scored on a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter. Bess has just nine catches for 54 yards over the last three weeks and can continue to be ignored in most formats.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 06:35:00 PM

Davone Bess had one catch for three yards in Week 11 against the Bengals.

Bess played behind Greg Little in two wide-sets and finished with six targets. He's no higher than the No. 5 option in the passing game and can continue to be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Davone Bess caught three passes for 24 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against the Ravens.

Bess was targeted four times on the day. Coach Rob Chudzinski challenged Bess and Greg Little this week. The two combined for 146 yards and two touchdowns on ten receptions. Bess' first score came from one yard out. The second was a 20-yard strike. We don't advise going and chasing the two touchdowns in fantasy. It's safe to keep ignoring Bess in most formats.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 08:33:00 PM

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