Report: Browns voiding guaranteed money in Davone Bess’ contract

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, the Cleveland a Browns plan on voiding the guaranteed money in Davone Bess’ contract.

After trading last year with the Dolphins for receiver Davone Bess, the Browns gave Bess a new contract. It included $3.067 million in guaranteed base salary for 2014.

Per a league source, the team plans to take the position that the guarantee has voided.

While the salary is guaranteed for skill, injury, or cap, Bess landed last season on the non-football illness list. While the Browns exercised their discretion to pay his salary for the rest of 2013, the team believes (we’re told) that the guarantees evaporated as a result of his inability to play in 2013.

With Bess’ off the field issues, this isn’t a surprise at all.