Browns acquire Dolphins’ Bess for draft picks
BEREA – The Browns added depth to their receiving corps Friday by acquiring receiver Davone Bess from the Miami Dolphins.
In addition to securing Bess, the Browns traded their picks in the fourth (104) and fifth rounds (164). The Dolphins sent the Browns picks in the fourth round (111) and fifth round (217). The Browns’ fifth-round pick was acquired from the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for quarterback Colt McCoy.
This isn’t a trade that will shake up the offense. Bess is a possession receiver with just 13 career touchdown receptions in six seasons.
The top two receivers will remain Greg Little and Josh Gordon. Bess and recently-acquired David Nelson will be third and fourth in the rotation.
Bess made the Dolphins’ roster as an undrafted rookie in 2008. He caught 54 passes for 554 yards and one touchdown that year.
Bess has been consistent, if nothing else. He had 76 receptions in 2009, 79 in 2010, 51 in 2011 and 61 last year.
“He’s a talented, productive receiver,” Browns general manager Mike Lombardi said. “I think he’s the 14th most productive receiver in the NFL over the last four years. They signed a couple of receivers, so it was a good opportunity for us to bring him in here and see what he can do.”
Nelson, who missed all but one game last season with the Buffalo Bills because of a knee injury, is another possession receiver for second-year quarterback Brandon Weeden to work with in offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s offense.
SIGNED UP: The Browns wasted no time in securing Bess for the future, reportedly signing him to a three-year extension. Lombardi wouldn’t confirm that a contract was signed, but he said talks were being conducted.
HONEY BADGER: Cornerback Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu was a wild card in this draft. Mathieu, a teammate of Browns’ first-round pick Barkevious Mingo at LSU, was dismissed from the program last year for repeated violations of the school’s substance-abuse policy.
Mathieu has completed a substance-abuse program and wants to be given a second chance. Mingo wanted to see Mathieu in Cleveland, but he was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round.
“I’d love to see him in brown and orange,” Mingo said. “I’d love to see anybody from the purple and gold in the brown and orange. Like I said, we’re all brothers. We bled and sweat in the same uniform, and to see any of those guys come here would be awesome.”
HITTING THE WEIGHTS: Mingo said his weight at this time is 237. He might be asked to add a few pounds to play outside linebacker.
“I think I could play at this weight right here,” he said. “A lot of people have been telling me you need to be heavier to be in the NFL. I actually played lighter some years in my college career and did absolutely fine. I weigh more than I did in college and I don’t think it will be too much of an adjustment to make.”
PLAY BALL: Cornerback Leon McFadden, the Browns’ third-round pick from San Diego State, has a baseball background. His father, Leon Sr., played in 62 games during a three-year period for the Houston Astros.
“Growing up, baseball was the first sport I ever played,” McFadden said. “I did all sports. My dad never pushed me into playing baseball. Football was the sport I loved to play. I went with it and he supported me. Baseball wasn’t pressured on me.”