It appears some of Davone Bess’ troubles are starting to cost him in the pocket book.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Browns are in the process of trying to void the $3.067 million in Bess’ salary for 2014. ProFootballTalk.com cited a league source that the Browns plan to take the position that the guarantee has voided. Bess was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list for the final two games of the 2013 season.
Browns General Manager Ray Farmer was asked about Bess in his introductory press conference.
"We are in communication (with Bess)," 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 Browns paid Bess’s salary in 2013 after he was placed on the Reserve/NFL list, but he might’ve lost the guarantees by not playing the final two games. The new league year begins in March and Farmer was asked if the team needed to make a decision on his Bess’ roster status moving forward.
"The biggest thing is that Davone’s care and his concern is our biggest thing right now," Farmer said. "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."
The Browns acquired Bess in a draft day trade with the Dolphins but he had a very disappointing season with just 42 receptions for just 362 yards and two touchdowns. However, he had 14 dropped passes on the season.