Around the NFL: Browns cut ties with troubled Bess after disappointing season

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Davone Bess had 42 catches last season.

The Cleveland Browns parted ways with troubled receiver Davone Bess yesterday after one disappointing season and a troubled offseason.

Bess still is owed $3.06 million for 2014, but the Browns might try to recoup some of that money. Bess, 28, was acquired last April in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, and the Browns signed him to a three-year, $11.5 million contract extension that included $5.75 million guaranteed.

Bess, though, didn’t deliver on the field and his personal problems built up in recent months. He finished with career-lows in catches (42) and yards (362) last season, and he had several crucial drops. He missed Cleveland’s final two games because of personal reasons.

Polamalu, Miller contracts help Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and tight end Heath Miller signed three-year contracts. Terms were not disclosed, but both contracts are designed to give the Steelers salary-cap flexibility heading into free agency.

Bills sign safety, skip Toronto game

The Buffalo Bills signed safety Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million contract extension, with approximately $14 million guaranteed, sources said.

The Bills also have postponed their annual game in Toronto, where they have gone 1-5, and could end the series despite four years remaining in the deal with Toronto-based Rogers Communications. The Bills cited concerns over giving up a home-field game and poor fan turnout north of the border.

Quick slants

The Cincinnati Bengals made tender offers to linebacker Vincent Rey and receivers Andrew Hawkins and Dane Sanzenbacher, leaving them as restricted free agents. The players can negotiate with other teams as of Sunday, but the Bengals will have the right to keep them by matching any offer. … Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner was reinstated by the NFL after his suspension in December for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse.

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