Trade rumors are flooding in right now, mostly speculation about what the St. Louis Rams could do with their first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. Another rumor bubbled up on Thursday morning, this one involving the Rams and the Dolphins' odd man out, Davone Bess.
A report out of the Miami Herald said that the Rams were one of a handful of teams the Phins called about dealing Bess. Supposedly, the asking price is a fourth- or fifth-round pick for the slot receiver. Bess has $2.6 million on his contract this season, a hefty sum. That would eat up much of the Rams' current cap space. The front office would have to do some more contract shuffling to accommodate Bess and a quiver of new players picked this weekend.
Bess is a slot receiver. He has topped 700 yards three times in his career. Last season, he caught 61 passes for 778 yards and a touchdown.
Bess is a fairly plain player. He lacks the excitement factor and isn't a so-called home run threat out of the slot. He isn't unlike Danny Amendola in that regard. He will reliably catch around 65 percent of the passes thrown his way, maybe more with a stable QB situation.
If the asking price went down to a sixth-round pick and the Rams could work out a more cap-friendly deal, it wouldn't be the worst move in the world, but ONLY if St. Louis misses or is down on the receivers in year's draft. With some steady route runners like Quinton Patton floating around on the second day, teams in need of a receiver can find cheaper options for Bess.