The Browns sent the Dolphins a second-round pick in return for Bess and subsequently signed him to a four-year, $14.18 million that included a $3.067 million in guaranteed base salary in 2014.
According to Florio, the Browns believe this guaranteed salary is no longer required since they agreed to pay part of his salary for the rest of the 2013 season.
- Brian McIntyre notes that Cleveland Bess $50,000 per week while he was on the NFI list, instead of $157,843 active rate.
Florio adds that Bess still has the right to challenge the voiding of his guarantee salary, although it will be determined based on the language of his contract.
Bess, 28, was arrested a few weeks ago for assaulting a police officer at Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Airport. Some have mentioned that Bess could be a release candidate in the coming weeks.