Now this is more like it. The Cleveland Browns obtained talented wide receiver, Davone Bess from the Miami Dolphins. The trade was announced today earlier in the second round of the NFL Draft. All the Browns had to do was swap picks in tomorrow’s fourth and fifth rounds to get Bess. This is a great move by the Browns.
The Miami-Herald newspaper reported that part of the deal included Bess signing a three-year contract extension with Cleveland. Bess was going to a restricted free agent in 2014. Now, Cleveland has a legitimate veteran receiver that can move the chains when called upon. The California native is a nice compliment to Josh Gordon and Greg Little.
At only 27 years old, Bess is a jack-of-all trade with the ability to run the ball, field punts returns, and be a go-to receiver. In five seasons with Miami, Bess caught 321 receptions for over 3,400 yards. What’s more impressive is he was targeted 500 times in 77 games, that’s 6.5 targets per game.
As an undrafted free agent in 2008, Bess broke on to the Miami scene with a bang. In his rookie season, Bess had 54 receptions for 554 yards and a touchdown. In 2010, Bess had the best year of his career, catching 79 receptions for 820 yards and five touchdowns. The knock on Bess is his inability to find the end zone consistently. In five years, Bess has scored just 12 touchdowns.
The Dolphins quarterback play over the past five seasons has been mediocre at best. The fact that the 5’10” and 193 pound receiver has averaged 64 receptions per year is a true testament to how good he is. Browns fans will love finally having a possession guy that can run after the catch. This was a surprising and great move by the brown-and-orange.
Ryan Ruiz is a Cleveland Browns Writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @ryanpruiz24.