POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2010
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."
» 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