Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports that the Browns plan to take the position that Bess' guaranteed salary in 2014 has voided. His salary was fully guaranteed for skill and injury, but the Browns reportedly believe the guarantees evaporated when Bess couldn't play at the end of last season.
Bess, who is set to earn $3.14 million, was placed on the non-football illness list late last season. He was reported to have a serious family issue. Bess has subsequently been arrested on multiple charges after an airport incident and drew attention for a pair of social media photos that appeared to contain marijuana. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Bess has been in a medical treatment center following the season, according to a person with knowledge of his situation.
New Browns general manager Ray Farmer said Wednesday that the organization is "concerned" with Bess, saying Bess was going to "get the care" necessary to get better. While Florio points out that Bess could theoretically still remain with the team despite the guarantee voiding, its hard to imagine Bess getting that salary.