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.
For former Dolphin WR Davone Bess, MIA and CLEV swapped draft spots in two rounds, including the 4th rd. There were no actual pick given up.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 26, 2013
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.
Source says #Dolphins got a middle round pick for Bess and Cleveland gave him a 3-year contract extension— Ben Volin (@BenVolinPBP) April 26, 2013
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.
New Browns WR Davone Bess signed 3-yr contract extension with Cleveland, just as new Jets RB Chris Ivory signed 3-yr extension with NY.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 27, 2013
So what do you think of the trade and the potential for Bess in Cleveland's new offense?