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Bess upgrades deal with Dolphins

By Stephen Tsai


After reaching agreement on a lucrative contract extension with the Miami Dolphins yesterday, former Hawaii receiver Davone Bess crafted a wish list.

"I'm going to buy a new crib," said Bess, whose son was born two weeks ago. "I'm tired of him sleeping next to my wife. I need to sleep next to my wife."

After not being selected in the 2008 NFL Draft, Bess signed a two-year, free-agent contract with the Dolphins. As a restricted free agent this past spring, he agreed to a one-year contract with the Dolphins. He is earning the NFL minimum of $475,000 for a player with two years of credited experience.

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Bess cannot be an unrestricted free agent until after the 2013 season.

But the Dolphins decided to restructure his contract, paying him a signing bonus that he may cash immediately, and guaranteeing parts of his wages through the 2013 season. In most NFL contracts, only the signing bonus is guaranteed.

Bess and agent Kenny Zuckerman agreed not to disclose the exact financial terms. But it has been reported that Bess will be among the 32 highest-paid receivers in the NFL. The 35th highest-paid receiver has a contract averaging $3.5 million annually.

"The intent of this was to get him financial security and another bite of the apple," Zuckerman said, noting Bess will be 28 when this deal expires in 2013.

Bess said: "I'm thankful for the opportunity. Even though I didn't get drafted, Miami gave me an opportunity to compete. It gave me a chance to work hard in the system, and it paid off. It's been a long journey. This is a new chapter."


» Ikaika Alama-Francis (Kalaheo), DE, Dolphins: one solo tackle
» Davone Bess*, WR, Dolphins: five catches for 37 yards and a touchdown; two punt returns for 23 yards
» Travis LaBoy, LB, 49ers: one solo tackle
» Mat McBriar*, P, Cowboys: five punts for a 48.8-yard average and a long of 60 yards
» Isaac Sopoaga*, DT, 49ers: two solo tackles
» Pisa Tinoisamoa*, LB, Bears :eight tackles, including six solo, one for loss and two on special teams

» Aaron Francisco*, S, Colts: intercepted a pass to thwart Washington's last drive; seven tackles, including five solo and one on special teams
» Chris Kemoeatu*, G, Steelers: injured on a pass play in the third quarter, details unreported as of last night

Wayne Hunter (Radford/University of Hawaii), TE and OT, Jets; Jake Ingram* (Mililani/University of Hawaii), LS, Patriots; Ma'ake Kemoeatu* (Kahuku), DT, Redskins; Olin Kreutz* (Saint Louis School), C, Bears; Dominic Raiola* (Saint Louis School), C, Lions; Samson Satele* (Kailua), C, Raiders; Daniel Te'o-Nesheim (Hawaii Prep), DE, Eagles

Shawn Lauvao (Farrington), G, Browns

Tyson Alualu* (Saint Louis School), DT, Jaguars; Vince Manuwai (Farrington/University of Hawaii), G, Jaguars; Ryan Mouton (University of Hawaii) CB, Titans

* denotes starter


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