Many moves were made by the Cleveland Browns last offseason. Paul Kruger was signed to five year, $40 million deal that is still being questioned by peers around the league. Jason Campbell and Brian Hoyer were brought in to challenge Brandon Weeden for the starting quarterback spot. However, one of the worst moves made was trading for Davone Bess.
He was coming off a below average season where he only had one touchdown with the Miami Dolphins, and this trend continued with the Browns; he only had 42 receptions for two touchdowns. He was expected to play a much bigger role in the offense, but he just didn’t produce enough.
His best game came against the Minnesota Vikings, where he had seven receptions. The rest of his games were filled with drops and penalties. He was second in the league last season with nine drops. In the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Bess single-handedly loss the game for the Browns. He only caught three passes after being targeted eight times.
During a crucial third down play in the 4th quarter, he dropped a catchable ball, which eventually lost the game, and he also muffed a punt; it was the worst game of his career. After that game, Bess said he wouldn’t make critical mistakes like that on the field again.
He followed that game with three receptions and two touchdowns in a win against the Baltimore Ravens; those were his only two touchdowns of the season. In all, he was very disappointing and Browns fans let it be known. They were calling for him to be cut. Mike Lombardi and Joe Banner should have possibly listened, especially with the future incidents that would occur.
Lombardi and Banner failed to do the necessary research on Bess before trading for him and signing him to a three year, $11 million deal. It is now known that the Dolphins didn’t tell the Browns about the psychological and emotional issues he was going through; Bess spent time in a treatment facility trying to cure it.
This just proves that both men being fired was justifiable by Jimmy Haslam. Teams are always supposed to do homework on a player before they sign them, and that wasn’t the case with the Browns. However, it gets more bizzare with Bess. After a big loss against the Chicago Bears, Bess posted a picture of himself on Instagram sitting on a deck and lighting up a cigarette or cigarillo, and there was also a picture of Bob Marley next to him. Bess believes in ” jah,” which pertains to the Rastafarian movement. It is known that Marley smoked and publicized illegal substances, and most people can add that picture along with believing in “jah” together.
He immediately deleted the picture after he posted it, and the Browns put him on the IR for the next two games after that. However, Bess then flaunted his nonchalant attitude on social media again. Two weeks after the season ended, he posted another questionable photo, which he also ended up deleting.
The issues did not stop there, however. The next day, Bess got arrested in Fort Launderdale at the airport. He was singing songs and his pants kept falling down as he was in the middle of the airport. Officers then tried to handle the situation. Bess squeezed the coffee cup of one of the officers so it would fall on him. He then took his shirt off and was appearing to want to fight both of them. He is currently being charged with assault.
Yesterday, two months after the Browns assessed these different situations, they released Bess, and they are off the hook for the $5.75 million in guaranteed money they owe him. Bess is troubled and needs more help than just a rehab facility.
There’s a chance that Bess will never play in the NFL again. Some fans will mention how Adam ” Pacman” Jones got numerous chances, but not many owners and general managers would take on that task as Jerry Jones did. The NFL stands for National Football League, but it can also stand for ” Not For Long,” just as well.
If Bess gets another chance, he has to overcome his demons and make better decisions. Professional sports are not forever.