The ill-advised Bess trade -- and subsequent three-year contract extension that guarantees him $3.067 million this season -- has been cited as one of the primary reasons that former general manager Michael Lombardi lasted less than one year in Cleveland.
Coming off the least effective 14-game stretch of his six-year career, Bess was placed on the non-football injury list in late December. Three weeks later, he was arrested after a bizarre incident at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
It was not the first time the troubled wide receiver had exhibited signs of mental illness.
NFL teams will want Bess to seek professional help and get his life back on track before he's viewed as a potential investment.