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Report: Dolphins didn't tell Browns about Bess' condition before trade

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

The Dolphins reportedly took a 'don't ask, don't tell' approach to trading Davone Bess. (USATSI)
The Dolphins reportedly took a 'don't ask, don't tell' approach to trading Davone Bess. (USATSI)

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Last off season, shortly after Davone Bess was arrested and committed against his will to a treatment facility for psychological and emotional issues, the Dolphins traded him to the Browns. But according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins didn't share that information before consummating the deal.

"While the Dolphins knew Bess was troubled," Salguero wrote, "sources confirm they took a don't-ask-don't-tell approach on the matter when shopping and trading Bess. The Dolphins did not offer information on Bess' apparent personal instability."

If true, this reflects poorly on former general manager Jeff Ireland, who mutually agreed to leave the team earlier this month, as well as the Dolphins front office. It's why owner Stephen Ross stressed the word "integrity" when he explained what he was looking for in his next GM. "This individual also must be a person with integrity who is open-minded and creative," Ross said in a statement.

"Credibility and respect are currency in the NFL and no one wants to be bankrupt," Salguero points out. "You have no idea how many NFL people I talk to tell me about the respect they have for one another despite the fact they want to bash each other's heads in on game day."

Bess, who played in 14 games with the Browns during the 2013 season and caught 42 passes for 382 yards and two touchdowns, has been under scrutiny in recent days. First, he posted photos to Twitter of what appeared to be marijuana. And Friday, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (Fla.) International Airport.

Bess missed the final two games of the 2013 season after the Browns placed him on the non-football injury list. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Bess had been dealing with personal issues for some time and had been battling insomnia. He had flown back to Florida to seek treatment.

If the Browns decide to cut ties with Bess they can't do so until after the Super Bowl; all rosters for teams not taking part in the postseason are frozen until then.

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