The Cleveland Browns released WR Devone Bess this morning after only one season. Bess had a difficult year in Cleveland on and off the field. Dealing with personal problems off the field, Bess had trouble getting the numbers that were expected of him. Here is a look at Bess’ on and off the field problems.
Bess made headlines with his constant off field issues this past season. Bess did not play in the final two games because of family issues. Following the season, reports came out that Bess posted a picture that looked to be of marijuana on a social networking site, and another that claimed of a nude picture of himself.
A few days later, another report of Bess being arrested at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport surfaced. Security officers were called after Bess was singing and dancing with his pants falling down. When confronted, Bess assaulted an officer with a cup of coffee and was about to fight the officer until backup arrived. Bess has since then checked himself into a treatment facility, where he planned on getting healthy.
On the field, Bess did not have a great year after being acquired from the Miami Dolphins through a trade. The Browns were expecting him to become a solid number 3 receiver or even take over the number 2 spot. Bess disappointed with only 42 receptions for 362 yards and 2 touchdowns in 2013 and had more news with the amounts of dropped passes and costly mistakes.
The other releases on the day were another WR Bryan Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel. Tyms played more at the end of the season when Bess was out. Tyms only had 2 receptions for 12 yards in the game against the Jets. Hazel only recorded a total of 3 tackles (1 solo, 2 assisted) in 2013. The only significance is the fact that the Browns only have three wide outs on the active roster (Gordon, Little, Cooper) and one on injured reserve (Travis Benjamin, ACL). The Browns will look to gain some more wide outs through free agency or in the draft.