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WR Davone Bess passes physical with Browns, agent says

By Nate Ulrich Published: April 27, 2013

Wide receiver Davone Bess has passed his physical with the Browns, his agent, Kenny Zuckerman, told the Beacon Journal this morning.

The Browns' trade with the Miami Dolphins for Bess was contingent upon him passing a physical.

The Browns traded picks in the fourth (No. 104) and fifth (No. 164) rounds in exchange for Bess, 27, and selections in the fourth (No. 111) and seventh (No. 217) rounds.

The fourth round of the NFL Draft resumes at noon today. The Browns have the following five picks: fourth round (No. 111); fifth (No. 139); sixth (No. 175); and seventh (Nos. 217 and 227).

The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bess caught 61 passes for 778 yards and one touchdown in 13 starts this past season, missing the last three games because of a back injury. In 2010, Bess established career highs in catches (79), receiving yards (820) and touchdowns (five). He has never had fewer than 50 catches in a season.

Bess has accounted for 130 third-down receptions, second-most in the NFL during the past five years, trailing only the Atlanta Falcons’ Roddy White (146), according to the Browns. In the past four seasons, 42 percent of Bess’ receptions have come on third down, the highest rate among all NFL players with at least 100 catches.

“You’re always trying to add players to your team you think could help, and certainly Bess we think can help,” Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi said Friday. “He’s played in the league, and I think on the most critical down, he’s been able to convert. So it was a good opportunity for us.”

On Friday, Zuckerman said Bess agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Browns. Lombardi said a new contract had been discussed but not finalized.

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