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Browns release WR Bess, two others

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The Cleveland Browns have officially parted ways with talented but troubled wide receiver Davone Bess.

The team announced Wednesday morning that it had released Bess, wide receiver Brian Tyms and linebacker Paul Hazel.

Bess made news in December when he posted on his Twitter account an image of himself on an outdoor residential deck lighting what appeared to be a marijuana joint. He also made reference to watching "Cocaine Cowboys," a 1980s program about illegal drug use, and used the N-word. The posts were deleted.

The 28-year-old Bess was then arrested for assaulting an officer in December and was taken into custody by police at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

That incident happened after the Browns had placed Bess on the reserve/non-football illness list after 14 games. At the time, the Browns allowed him to return home to Oakland for what was called a "serious family matter."

The Browns acquired Bess from the Miami Dolphins in a trade last April 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 the 2013 draft. He finished the 2013 season with 42 catches for 362 yards and two touchdowns.

The team drew fire for acquiring Bess and then signing him to a three-year contract extension that will guarantee him $3.067 million in 2014. He had been treated for mental health issues before the trade, but the Browns were unaware of Bess' psychological state.

"Davone was a consummate professional on the field and a model representative of the team off it through all of his charitable activities," former Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said last year after the trade. "He joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent and worked hard to become one of the team's most popular and respected players."

Bess has 363 receptions in 91 career games through six seasons and was known as one of the league's more dependable slot receivers.

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