Posted February 13, 2014

Report: Browns plan to void Davone Bess’ guaranteed salary

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Browns receiver Davone Bess had career lows in receptions, yards and touchdowns in 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Browns receiver Davone Bess had career lows in receptions, yards and touchdowns in 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cleveland Browns plan to take the position that wide receiver Davone Bess’ guaranteed salary for next season is void, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported.

Bess’ salary is fully guaranteed for skill and injury, but the Browns reportedly think that his contract was no longer guaranteed after Bess couldn’t play at the end of last season. Bess was placed on the non-football injury list last season, and was believed to be dealing with a family issue. He is scheduled to earn a $3.06 million base salary next season.

Bess has run into trouble multiple times this offseason. He drew a team investigation after tweeting out a photo of what appeared to be marijuana. And he was arrested for assaulting an officer at an airport.

In an introductory press conference on Wednesday, new Browns general manager Ray Farmer said the team was “concerned” about Bess.

“We are in communication,” Farmer said, according to Florio.  “I can’t comment too much about where the circumstance is. Just understand that we are concerned for Davone, and I think that’s the biggest thing, is to make sure that he gets the help that he needs. … The biggest thing is that Davone’s care and his concern is our biggest thing right now. The dates are inconsequential.  Moving forward, we’ll make the decision that we need to make for our franchise, as well as making sure that he’s going to get the care and the things that he needs in the process.”

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12 comments
SupplyingEventualConvicts
SupplyingEventualConvicts

captain redundancy, i look forward to more of your PC's

Just understand that we are concerned for Davone, and I think that’s the biggest thing, is to make sure that he gets the help that he needs. … The biggest thing is that Davone’s care and his concern is our biggest thing right now. 

PWINGS
PWINGS

So "guaranteed" doesn't really mean guaranteed. With the Browns, that's like "professional" doesn't really mean professional. 

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

Good luck with that.  The Falcons couldn't even get out of paying Michael Vick's guaranteed salary after his felony arrest.  

rmaher
rmaher

@nfinitwordsfoto  Totally different scenario.  The Falcons didn't get out of Vick's salary because he didn't choose to leave the team.  He was arrested, which was a risk the team knew (or should have known) about given his character.  As my brother once said "if a flake flakes on you, what did you expect?" Same thing with Hernandez... the Pats signed him knowing he had character issues.  If he ends up being unable to play because he was arrested as a result of those issues, that's on them as well as him, and they have to honor their end of the contract.  

On the other hand, Bess CHOSE not to come to practice or play the last couple weeks of the season.  It wasn't forced on him by law enforcement, etc, as a result of known character issues.  I think the Browns have a real case. 

AF Whigs
AF Whigs

@nfinitwordsfoto :  Yeah, it would set a ridiculous precedent if a guaranteed contract could just be voided by the team whenever they want.  Unless there's a "personal conduct" stipulation then I don't see what the Browns can do.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@David214 @PWINGS  Supposedly, guaranteed money CAN'T be cancelled. The Browns apparently don't understand what the word "guaranteed" means. To me, that reflects the fact that they're supposed to be a professional football team and they don't understand what the words "professional" or "professionalism" really mean. They have a profound lack of understanding of the English language, law and business. They also don't understand football very well. Ask their fans!

eddie767
eddie767

@AF Whigs All contracts have the personal conduct clause,but Best messed up. He hasn't said what the problem was and won't even though agent told him to. So his problem is twofold, 1)his conduct hasn't been sterling, and 2)Goodell will hear any grievance. 

rmaher
rmaher

@PWINGS @David214  Guaranteed money is always void when the player chooses to leave, whether quitting, retirement, etc.  That is one of the reasons that people have been so skeptical of Jonathan Martin's story, because he left the team after being demoted, then said it was emotional issues caused by the team.  If he left for emotional issues from being demoted, family stuff, etc, he would get no money, not even "guaranteed money."  On the other hand, if the team/team environment forced him to leave, he still gets paid his guaranteed money.  

PWINGS, Did you really think that guys like Glenn Coffee got all of his guaranteed money after quitting halfway through his rookie contract, or that guys that retire with years remaining keep getting paid?   

tonybot3
tonybot3

@PWINGS ummm. Bess voided himself.    He's the one who didn't honor his end of the contract.... So.. guess what... he won't get paid.       


If the team you root for does thing differently, thats your problem.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

@eddie767 @AF Whigs   I know they weren't able to get out of the Vick contract and it's not even looking good for the Patriots to get out of the guaranteed portion of the Hernandez contract.  Pretty much the only way they get out of it is if the player says that he's quitting or retired.