Nov. 15, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive back Justin Rogers (26) watches as Miami Dolphins wide receiver Davone Bess (15) makes a catch during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo defeats Miami 19 to 14. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Whats The Bess Move For The Dolphins?


When Davone Bess finished up his junior season as a wide receiver at the University of Hawaii, he had the expectation that he would be drafted by a team that could use his speed and quickness to their advantage. Unfortunately for Davone, he was overlooked heading into the draft. In fact, Davone was overlooked by all 32 National Football League teams, including the Miami Dolphins. His dream of being drafted was quickly shattered as he turned into an undrafted free agent. When you’re an undrafted free agent, you have to work your tail off in order to make a NFL roster. Fortunately for Bess, the Miami Dolphins decided to take a chance after they signed him to a contract. For Bess, he got his opportunity and for the Dolphins, they got a tremendous football player.

Over the past five seasons, the Miami Dolphins and their fans have been blessed with the opportunity of watching Davone Bess grow into a fantastic wide receiver. Although he isn’t the biggest and he certainly isn’t the best, Davone has turned into arguably one of the most reliable slot wide receivers in the entire NFL.

Bess quickly showed us what he could do if given the chance. In his rookie season, Bess was targeted 75 times, while catching 54. His 54 receptions put him in third place among rookie regular season receptions that season, behind Eddie Royal and DeSean Jackson. After his rookie season, Bess continued to develop into one of, if not the best, receivers on the team. Over the next two seasons, Bess was targeted 238 times, while reeling in 155 of those. Not only was he targeted on a regular basis, he was the go to guy on third down. In his first three seasons, Bess caught 120 first downs.

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Unfortunately, this great story might come to a close, sooner rather than later. Now, I am not reporting any news, I am just simply putting my thoughts. Personally, I don’t think Davone Bess will be back with the Miami Dolphins next season. Over this past offseason, the Miami Dolphins re-signed Brian Hartline to a good sized contract, they signed Mike Wallace for a humungous deal, and they also signed Brandon Gibson to a multi-year contract. The new overhaul of receivers might not be over yet. With the draft coming up within the next few weeks, you’d have to wonder if the Dolphins will also draft another receiver. Regardless of what they do in the draft, you have to question where Bess will fit in with this receiving group.

As much as I love Davone Bess, I think it is time that he and the Dolphins go their separate ways. If the Dolphins do decide to release Davone, they will save $2.7 million in cap space. If the Dolphins do release Bess, you would have to think a hand-full of teams would show immediate interest, which is why they should trade him. They could easily get a mid-round draft pick or picks for Bess.

Bess, who is only 27 years old, still has a lot more good years ahead of him. As much as I don’t want this to happen, I think it would be in the best interest for the Miami Dolphins to move on from Bess. If the Phins do end up doing something with Bess, I would have to imagine it would be via trade. Bess has clearly proven himself in this league and a majority of people throughout the league know that. It will be interesting to see what happens with Bess within the next couple of months. My guess is he will be in a different jersey to start off his sixth season in the National Football League.

I would love to see your thoughts below on what the Dolphins should do with Davone Bess.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gatlin-Treuheit/1118272506 Gatlin Treuheit

    The man is a first down machine. Worth every penny of the 2+ million in 2013. Trading him after building a great wide recieving core is just nuts. Injury insurance….

    • Miami Jules

      I agree.

  • kidjoker1991

    Extend his contract he loves miami and probably wont leave us because we were the team to give him his chance in the nfl most players like that are loyal. If not and ireland decides to trade him ireland better draft austin an atleast get a third rounder for bess

    • Miami Jules

      I agree.

  • mario

    I think miami is gonna use him as bait come draft day. Maybe for one of there second round picks to move up and grab eiffert the tight end.

  • mario

    Miami should draft austin use Bess in a trade with one of there second round picks to move up to get eiffert.

    • Miami Jules

      Mario, you’re suggesting basicaly switching a sure-handed, proven, reliable slot receiver… vertually a 3rd down conversion guaranteed player for a 2nd round TE in a year when the TE class is weaki to say the least…Respectfully, makes absolutely no sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ebrodt Eric Brodt

    I’m a big fan of Bess. He’s not the fastest, he’s not the biggest, but he has a rapport with Tannehill, and that is more important to the development of a young QB and a burgeoning offense. We are building a receiving corps, and the more targets that you provide Tannehill that he has prior experience with, the easier the early part of the season will go. The Phins are famous in the last few years for starting slowly, and ending strong. If we were able to start stronger, the end of the year would look more like 10-6 instead of 7-9.

  • stephen dossick

    I’d rather they keep Bess and draft C. Patterson at 12, if he falls to us. Who would you rather have, Austin or Julio Jones? That’s the type player Patterson will be or better. Watch his reel. read draftwinds report on him. Or don’t draft him and watch him for 10 years.

  • King D

    I would be sad to see him go but not quiet as speedy as you’d like ..Totally dependable…I say draft two wr in draft including RYAN SWOPE… PATterson and swope and a TE and we are golden in the passing game!

    • Miami Jules

      I very much agree with half of your statement, and emphatically disagree with the other half. Swope is it. Swope is the man, Swope is a play maker, Swope is the answer, Swope is that player, analysts on ESPN, the NFL Network, and local stations will be raving about in november and be showing endless highlights on.
      TE??? Say no!!!! Not too late to repent. It would be neat to have a Gronk-Hernadez like TE duo, but I’m not really convinced that’s the Philbin/Sherman plan, and if it is, we have to hope that Clay is finally ready because the best TE in the draft this year, has little short arms and far from the second coming of the great late Jim Mandich. Not a good crop of TE’s this year. Please don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mendel7 Jake Mendel

    Whatever happens, which u hope they keep him, DO NOT LET HIM SIGN WITH THE PATS

  • http://www.facebook.com/frazer.glencross Frazer Glencross

    I don’t understand this article. The author says that Bess is a great player, one of the best and that he doesnt want to see him leave but it’s time for him to leave as its in the best interest of the Dolphins, yet the only reason he gives for getting rid of Bess is a mid round draft pick. That is what a top slot receiver is worth then? A mid round draft pick? That’s ridiculous and this article is just a load of hot air.

    • Chris

      That’s exactly what I was thinking after I read the article.

  • kelly bailey

    I love Davone Bess and would love to see him get crucial first down after first down, especially against the Patriots just like Welker did to us for so many years. I just get the feeling Swope is going to replace Bess and he will probably be part of a draft day trade to move up. I’ll hate to see him go. If Bess leaves, Gibson better prove himself quickly or I promise we (the fans) will crucify him and Ireland.

  • King D

    2wr’s doesnt have to be early!Swope and take ur pick…