New Cleveland Browns wide receiver Davone Bess had a late Friday night followed by an early Saturday morning in order to make it to Cleveland to complete his physical -- all to finalize a trade agreement between the Browns and Miami Dolphins.
Bess’ journey started with a flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 8:45 p.m. Friday -- booked with an hour’s notice -- and continued overnight to Toronto, where he spent the night in the airport in order to take a 6:15 a.m. flight to Cleveland.
The flight route was the only one that would get him to Cleveland in time to complete the physical prior to the start of the draft.
At the conclusion of the long journey, the five-year veteran signed a three-year contract extension as part of a trade that was originally announced Friday night.
“It happened really fast,” Bess said. “I understood what the outcome was supposed to be and we made it happen. I’m thankful for a new opportunity, thankful to be a part of a great organization with a lot of tradition, and I’m excited to move on.”
The Browns announced Friday they had agreed to trade fourth and fifth-round selections, Nos. 104 and 164 overall, in the 2013 NFL Draft to the Dolphins in exchange for Bess, as well as a fourth-round (No. 111) and seventh-round selection (No. 217).
The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bess brings to Cleveland five years of experience and is coming off of a solid 2012 season in which he caught 61 passes for 778 yards, for a career-best average of 12.8 yards per reception, one touchdown and 38 first downs.
Bess, a native of Oakland, Calif., whom the Dolphins signed as a rookie free agent after the 2008 NFL Draft, has been on the receiving end of 321passes, and has turned those receptions into 3,447 yards, 12 touchdowns and 183 first downs. The sure-handed Bess has lost just three fumbles in his previous five NFL seasons combined.
Bess’ most productive season came in 2010, when he caught 79 passes for 820 yards and five touchdowns.
In addition to his offensive abilities, Bess has shown a penchant for helping out on special teams. He has returned 115 punts for 1,196 yards, and 15 kickoffs for 311 yards.