The Cleveland Browns acquired wide receiver Davone Bess from the Miami Dolphins along with the 111th and 217th overall picks in exchange for the Browns' fourth-round draft choice (104th overall) and fifth-round pick choice (164) in this year's draft.
Bess, 27, has 321 receptions in 77 career games through five seasons and is known as one of the league's more dependable slot receivers. However, the Dolphins signed Mike Wallace in free agency and the teams had been discussing a potential deal involving Bess in the days leading up to the draft.
The Browns have youngsters in Josh Gordon, Travis Benjamin, Josh Cooper, Greg Little, David Nelson and Jordan Norwood. But they lost Mohamed Massaquoi in free agency and needed a dependable veteran who can also man the slot position.
"Davone is a proven receiver who has been extremely productive throughout his career," said Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski. "He possesses outstanding hands and separation skills, while also showing the ability to pick up yards in key situations. Because of his talent and experience, we feel as though he can come in and help us right away."
"Davone was a consummate professional on the field and a model representative of the team off it through all of his charitable activities," said Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland. "He joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent and worked hard to become one of the team's most popular and respected players. We want to wish him the best of luck with the Browns."