The most dangerous return man in NFL history has no immediate plans to hang up his cleats, but Devin Hester says he might need a change of scenery.
Hester ended a frustrating 2012 season by telling reporters immediately after coach Bears coach Lovie Smith was fired that he would consider retirement. After a month of reflection with his wife and family, the 30-year-old receiver/return specialist has had a change of heart.
"I'm going to try to get two or three more years in,'' Hester told the Tribune on Saturday. "I think I have that much left in me.
"At the same time, I think I do need a fresh start.''
Entering his eighth season, Hester has one year left on his contract with a base salary of $1.85 million that would count $2.94 million against the salary cap. Although a part of him wants to remain with the Bears, he understands the reality of his diminishing role on offense.
Hester, who caught a career-high 57 passes in 2009, saw his receptions dip to 23 (career-low 10.5 yards per catch) this season as Brandon Marshall (118 receptions) became the focal point of the offense. Hester felt totally ignored on offense, at times. His frustration mounted as his touches faded both during games and in practice.
Hester wants fresh start, could seek trade
Chicago Tribune | Feb 3