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Browns release Bess

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Berea, OH (WOIO) - Davone Bess spent five seasons as a reliable, sure-handed third-down receiver with the Miami Dolphins. Unfortunately for Browns fans, he was a bust in Cleveland. The Browns released the troubled wide receiver on Wednesday, following a disappointing end to his season, and a tumultuous offseason.

Bess, 28, had been acquired in a trade with the Dolphins during the 2013 draft, and was immediately signed to a three-year extension that guaranteed him $5.75 million. But he led the Browns with nine dropped passes, and left the team for personal reasons with two games to go in the regular season.

During his hiatus, Bess posted pictures to his Twitter and Instagram accounts suggesting he was smoking marijuana. He also had an incident at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport last month, when Bess was charged with simple assault, resisting arrest without violence and disorderly conduct after acting erratically and confronting an officer.

The Browns are expected to void Bess' $3.067 million in guaranteed money in 2014.

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