July 26, 2014

NFL Draft: Davone Bess to Browns rumors heating back up

The Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins are continuing their discussion revolving around the trading of wide receiver Davone Bess.

With the first round of the  2013 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, teams are looking to address their needs be they in terms of additional picks or players. NFL Network’s Ian Rappoport reports that the Browns and Dolphins are haggling over what picks would be exchanged in return for the veteran receiver. There is an alleged deadline due to the logistics of getting Bess to Cleveland in the event a deal is indeed consummated.

On Thursday night, the Dolphins traded up to the third-overall spot to land outside linebacker Dion Jordan, a rumored target of the Browns at No. 6. In doing so, the Dolphins lost their second-round selection but still have a second-rounder (54th overall) due to a previous trade with the Indianapolis Colts. The Browns do not have a second-round pick due to selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon in last year’s supplemental draft.

Bess, 27, is scheduled to make $2.6 million in base salary in 2013. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2014. A possession receiver, he had 61 catches for 778 yards and one touchdown last season. Rumor of the Browns’ interest began surfacing earlier this week.

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  • Harv 21

    He’s clearly better than our current slot receivers, but wonder if Browns and his agent have an extension worked out. Otherwise, don’t think I’d give up more than a 6th rounder for a guy who will be a UFA after this season. I’d use Jordan Norwood and try to find some defensive back or LB depth in the fourth and fifth rounds.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They have Benjamin as well as Cooper hanging around to so kind of interesting that they’d be hot for Bess. I like Bess more then Cooper but haven’t seen enough of Benjamin to say Bess is really that much better.

  • mgbode

    different WR. Bess would replace Cooper/Norwood and compete with David Nelson (and Bess is better).

    Benjamin is not a slot WR. He is good at screen passes and going deep. He is not good at going over the middle (routes, hands-in-traffic, size).

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Whoa take it easy Brad Childress I forgot about Nelson though. Anyways I don’t remember seeing Benjamin catching many screen passes of course that was under the helm of the dynamic offensive duo of Shurmur & Childress.

    If Miami wants to get rid of him for a mid round pick though then so be it. I know Miami added Wallace but I guess they think they are deep enough at WR.

  • Jaker

    Interesting to see what we are willing to give up. Miami has no leverage because Bess is an expiring contract, making over 2 million, and is buried in the depth chart. If they’re willing to take a late 5 or 6, and we can sign him to a longer deal, I’m on board. But if they want a 4th? I think we can get better WRs in round 4, guys like Kenny Stills, Quinton Patton or possibly Robert Woods

  • gnothise

    Trade just announced on NFL Network. No details yet.