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15 Davone Bess WR
Height/Weight: 5-10/195 | Birthdate: 9/13/1985 | Birthplace: Hayward, CA, USA | Team: Cleveland | College: Hawaii | NFL Experience: 7 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/561619.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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Browns release Davone Bess


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/5/2014) The Browns announced the release of receiver Davone Bess. The receiver encountered some off-field troubles recently after having a terrible 2013 campaign. 

Bess had a league-high 14 drops and topped 28 yards in just three of 14 games in 2013. He finished last season on the Non-Football Injury list.


Browns trying to get rid of Davone Bess


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) The Browns are going to try and void the $3.067 guaranteed salary they owe Davone Bess for 2014 and release him, ProFootballTalk.com reports.

Bess finished last season on the Non-Football Injury list and the team thinks they can withhold the salary because of that. Bess will likely challenge the move. 

"We are in communication," general manager Ray Farmer said. "I can't comment too much about where the circumstance is.  Just understand that we are concerned for Davone, and I think that’s the biggest thing, is to make sure that he gets the help that he needs. ... The biggest thing is that Davone's care and his concern is our biggest thing right now. The dates are inconsequential. Moving forward, we'll make the decision that we need to make for our franchise, as well as making sure that he's going to get the care and the things that he needs in the process."

Bess was arrested at a South Florida airport in mid-January for assaulting an officer/firefighter and has posted pictures on his Twitter account of marijuana and nudes of himself. He was allegedly hospitalized for personal reasons before the Browns traded for him. 

Bess had a league-high 14 drops and topped 28 yards in just three of 14 games in 2013.


Browns could release Davone Bess


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/10/2014) The Browns will likely release troubled receiver Davone Bess, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The report says the Browns will make a decision on Bess when the league year begins March 11. Bess was given $5.75 million guaranteed after being acquired in a trade with the Dolphins.

If the Browns decide to release Bess, they could try to recoup some of that money, including at least a portion of the $3 million-plus he's owed in 2014. The Browns might also decide to file a grievance against the Dolphins, who knew that Bess had been involuntarily hospitalized for erratic behavior six weeks before they traded him to Cleveland.


David Nelson: I didn't see Davone Bess struggles coming


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2014) Jets wide receiver David Nelson was bombarded with comments from former Browns teammates before the teams met in December about the strange behavior exhibited by fellow wideout Davone Bess.

Nelson, who was waived by the Browns before the season, had not noticed anything unusual about Bess as a teammate.

"I had tremendous respect for Bess," Nelson told ESPN. "When I was there, our lockers were next to each other's. He was excited to be there. I found him to be great for Josh (Gordon). He worked hard. Josh saw that. Everybody saw that.

"The stuff I heard (before the game) was all uncharacteristic of things I'd seen when I was there. He ended up leading the league in drops (he was actually second with 14) and he'd never done that before. Everything that happened was uncharacteristic of him, so you know something must have happened to him."

Bess was later placed on the non-football injury list due to his personal problems, which was followed by his well-chronicled bizarre behavior that led to his arrest.


Joe Banner mum about knowledge of Davone Bess case


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2014) Browns owner Jimmy Haslam claimed he knew nothing about a bizarre incident in the home of wide receiver Davone Bess that forced his hospitalization against his will a month before the Dolphins traded him to Cleveland. But it remains unknown if Browns CEO Joe Banner was aware of it. He declined to answer the question when asked.

"We've been in contact and we're trying to do everything we can to support and help Davone through the entire process," he said via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I don't want to answer anything beyond what I just said."

The Browns placed Bess on the non-football illness list late in the season, but did not specify the reason. Thus ended a miserable season for Bess, who finished among the league leaders in drops and posted career-worst totals in catches and receiving yards.

His offseason has been marked by Twitter and Instagram postings of drugs and nude photos, as well as an arrest for assaulting a security officer in a Florida airport.


Owner: I had no knowledge of Davone Bess hospitalization


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2014) Browns owner Jimmy Haslam pleaded ignorance Thursday, admitting that he knew nothing about wide receiver Davone Bess being hospitalized against his will for emotional problems a month before the trade that brought him from the Dolphins, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer .

Bess has since struggled mightily both on and off the field.


Davone Bess posts nude picture of self


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/18/2014) Troubled Browns wide receiver Davone Bess tweeted a nude photo of himself Saturday morning.

The tweet comes on the heels of his arrest for bizarre and threatening behavior at a Florida airport and Twitter and Instagram posts in which he showed a green-and-brown leafy substance believed to be marijuana.


Report: Incident proved Davone Bess unstable before trade


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Dolphins traded a troubled Davone Bess to the Browns six weeks after a March 2013 incident at his home in which authorities arrived to see him battling several large men who were trying to subdue him, according to the Miami Herald.

A deputy noticed that a strong smell of marijuana was coming from Bess' bedroom. Bess then began screaming incoherently about guns, drugs and football. Efforts by fire rescue officials to sedate him were unsuccessful and he was eventually hospitalized without his consent.

It is unknown if the Browns were aware of the incident when they traded for him.


Report: Davone Bess 'acting irrationally' before arrest


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Browns wideout Davone Bess was acting irrationally before being arrested Friday morning at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, per The Associated Press. A police report claims he was dancing and singing with his pants repeatedly falling down.

An officer said that Bess was looking right through him and also got into a fighting stance at one point.

Bess left the Browns with two weeks remaining in the season with what was described as personal problems. He had the least productive season of his career and was among the league leaders in drops.

He also released photos on Twitter and Instagram of what appeared to be marijuana sitting on a table.


Davone Bess arrested at South Florida airport


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/17/2014) A day after posting a picture suggesting drug use on Twitter, Browns receiver Davone Bess was arrested at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport for assaulting an officer/firefighter early Friday morning. 

The photo posted by Bess earlier this week included what looked like marijuana along with a drink, cigar, energy drink and the documentary Cocaine Cowboys on a television. The Browns are investigating the image and likely will investigate his arrest. 

Bess had a league-high 14 drops and topped 28 yards in just three of 14 games this season. He signed a four-year contract extension last April that included $5.75 million guaranteed. 


Browns looking into Davone Bess photo


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) The Browns are looking into a photo posted on Twitter of wide receiver Davone Bess that shows a greenish substance that appears to be marijuana, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It is the second incriminating photo released by Bess that appearently showed pot.

Bess is coming off a hugely disappointing season in which he posted career-worst numbers with 42 catches for 362 yards and was among the league leaders in drops. He has two years left on a three-year deal that reportedly pays him $3 million next season.


Personal issues end Davone Bess' season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:58 pm ET) The Browns placed wide receiver Davone Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list Saturday, bringing his season to an end.

More details are not yet known about what Bess is dealing with, as he was listed on the injury report for personal reasons prior. According to The Plain Dealer, Bess has been dealing with a serious issue involving a family member.

Bess finishes the season with 42 receptions for 362 yards and two touchdowns in his first season with the Browns. 


Browns list two questionable, eight probable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Browns cornerback Joe Haden (hip) and wide receiver Davone Bess (personal) are the lone questionables on the injury report released by the team on Friday.

The probables are linebackers Tank Carder (shoulder) and Eric Martin (illness), running back Willis McGahee (concussion, knee), defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf), tackles Mitchell Schwartz (toe) and Joe Thomas (back), punter Spencer Lanning (knee) and safety T.J. Ward (shoulder).


Davone Bess out again on Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Disappointing Browns wide receiver Davone Bess missed his second straight practice Friday for personal reasons. His status for Sunday against the Jets remains unclear.

Bess has not exceeded 28 yards receiving in any game since Week 3 and was held to one catch in each of his last two games. He has also dropped passes at critical times. This season has been easily the least productive of his career.


Davone Bess catches one pass


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Browns wide receiver Davone Bess caught one pass for nine yards in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Bears. He was targeted three times. 

The Browns face the Jets in Week 16. 


Several Browns make minor contributions on Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Many bit players had a role in the dramatic loss for the Browns at New England on Sunday. Among them were running backs Fozzy Whittaker and Chris Ogbonnaya, both of whom caught three passes and rushed four times. The former managed 18 yards receiving and 6 yards rushing. The latter had 25 yards through the air and 8 on the ground.

The leading rusher was Willis McGahee, who ran for 33 yards on 14 carries. Adding receptions were Greg Little (2-14), Davone Bess (1-10) and MarQueis Gray (1-3).


Several Browns make their mark in Week 13 loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Browns wideout Greg Little has done little all year and he did little again Sunday outside of a 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. He finished with two catches for 9 yards.

Little was one of several minor contributors in the loss to the Jaguars. Fellow wideout Davone Bess added three catches for 28 yards while running back Chris Ogbonnaya ran seven times for 20 yards and managed two catches for 14 more. Running back Fozzy Whittaker rushed for 15 yards on seven attempts and snagged a 1-yard pass.


Several Browns do little in lopsided loss to Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2013) Wideout Davone Bess and running back Fozzy Whittaker led a large contingent of Browns who contributed little offensively in a horrid effort Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Bess managed 27 yards on five receptions while Whittaker added 16 yards on six carries and one catch for 5 yards. Also working his way into the stat sheet was wideout Greg Little with two receptions for 17 yards.


Davone Bess barely factors in blowout loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was targeted plenty of times in Week 11, but failed to make any sort of impact in a 41-20 loss to the Bengals. Bess was targeted six times by quarterback Jason Campbell, but brought in just one pass for 3 yards.

Bess has been little more than a possession receiver in the Browns offense, and he heads into Week 12 against the Steelers with 32 catches for 289 yards and two touchdowns on the season. 


Davone Bess rebounds with two-TD game against Baltimore


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Browns receiver Davone Bess couldn't have made more out of three catches than he did on Sunday. One was a 1-yard touchdown, another was a 20-yard score and the third was a 3-yarder on 4th and 1 with three minutes remaining that helped clinch a 24-18 victory over the visiting Ravens.

Bess and fellow wideout Greg Little were called out by offensive coordinator Norv Turner this week for their lack of production. Bess entered the game with a league-high nine drops, including three costly ones last Sunday in Kansas City.

The win over Baltimore marked his first two-touchdown game and first score in his last 12 games dating back to 2012 with Miami. Bess will have extra time to relish his performance and the victory as the Browns embark on their bye week.


Norv Turner: We need more from Greg Little and Davone Bess


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner called out second and third wideouts Greg Little and Davone Bess on Thursday, stressing that the team needs more production from them. The pair has 49 catches for 479 yards and one touchdown combined. Bess leads the NFL with nine drops.

The team has developed two strong receiving options for the first time since 2007 in wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron. But yards and scores from the others has been lacking.

"We have to find a way to get everyone involved in our offense," Turner told the Akron Beacon Journal. "...At some point if you only have two guys really making a lot of plays, pretty soon that can dry up."

The Browns have lost three straight games after starting the season at 3-2.


Davone Bess has disastrous Week 8


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/27/2013) Browns wide receiver Davone Bess caught three passes for 27 yards in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Chiefs, but he dropped three passes and had a costly punt return fumble that brought the day from "bad" to "ugly" for him. 

Bess was pressed into punt return duty after Travis Benjamin left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury. And the last of his drops was on a crucial fourth down play in the fourth quarter, when Jason Campbell was scrambling and found a wide-open, sliding Bess across the other side of the field. 

Bess now has eight drops on the season. He returns home in Week 9 to face the Ravens. 


Browns aided slightly by several offensive players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Several Browns contributed a bit to a meager offensive effort Sunday in Green Bay.

Among them were running backs Chris Ogbonnaya and Fozzy Whittaker. The former gained 15 yards on four carries while the latter added 11 yards on five attempts and two catches for 13 yards. MarQueis Gray lost two yards on one carry.

Also denting the scorebook through the air was Davone Bess with two catches for 11 yards.


Davone Bess not at his Sunday best


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013) Browns wide receiver Davone Bess has never been a frequent visitor to the end zone - he has just 12 career touchdowns. But he has been a dependable and productive pass-catcher.

That is, until the last three games. Bess recorded 17 receptions for 152 yards in the first three games of the season. But he has faltered in recent efforts, including his third straight two-catch game Sunday against Detroit. Both grabs came in the second half and resulted in just 21 total yards. He has just 71 yards receiving since Week 3.

Bess had started two of the previous three games, but lost that distinction to Greg Little in Week 6. He will attempt to turn his fortunes around at Green Bay next week.


Davone Bess weak Fantasy option against Lions


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2013) The emphasis on the vertical passing game in Cleveland hasn't had Fantasy owners of possession receiver Davone Bess turning cartwheels. He is no more than a flex option in deeper leagues these days.

His numbers prove it. Bess has managed just one productive game for the Browns in 2013, a seven-catch, 67-yard performance in Minnesota. He has just 14 catches for 135 yards in his other four games combined and has yet to score a touchdown this season. And he is sliding in the wrong direction with just four receptions for 50 yards in the last two games.

Bess remains a starter for the Browns and could still benefit from increased defensive attention to fellow wideout Josh Gordon. But Week 6 foe Detrot ranks sixth in the NFL in yards given up through the air with 1,341 and third in interceptions with eight, so it won't be easy for Bess to get untracked on Sunday.

Bottom line: Don't play Bess unless there are clearly no better options. You might even find one on the waiver wire.