Report: Cleveland Browns swap multiple mid-round picks with Miami Dolphins for WR Davone Bess

Peter Aiken

On the night Browns fans are remembering how the team used their 2013 second-round draft pick to select WR Josh Gordon in the 2012 supplemental draft last July, Cleveland has added another receiver.

The Cleveland Browns have swapped multiple mid-round draft picks, one of which is in the fourth, with the Miami Dolphins in exchange for WR Devone Bess, according to ESPN's Adam Shefter. The Browns have yet to officially confirm the trade.

Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post also reported that the Browns have given Bess, who entered the league undrafted in 2008, a three-year contract extension, according to a source. The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested that may have been why the deal, which was first rumored as early as Wednesday, was held up.

Rotoworld had the following to say about the Browns' acquisition of Bess:

Bess was nothing more than a sure-handed slot receiver in Miami, catching 321 passes over five seasons but averaging just 10.7 yards per grab and scoring a mere 12 touchdowns in 77 games. It's a low-risk grab for the Browns, who have have Josh Gordon and Greg Little outside but question marks inside in the form of David Nelson. Bess, still just 27, has a good chance to emerge as the Browns' primary slot man this season. He has signed a three-year extension with Cleveland, adding to the one year he had remaining on his previous deal.

[UPDATE 4/27/13] - Bess passed his physical in Cleveland on Saturday and has officially signed the three-year contract extension.

So what do you think of the trade and the potential for Bess in Cleveland's new offense?

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