Devin Hester RUMORS & NEWS

  • Devin Hester worries about the future of the kickoff

    TMZ "NFL superstar Devin Hester -- one of the greatest kickoff returners of all time -- is imploring Pop Warner football to reconsider its ban on kickoffs because... well, isn't it obvious? "I disagree with that decision," Hester tells TMZ Sports. FYI -- Pop Warner recently announced it would be..." May 14

  • Falcons' Hester recovering from foot surgery

    The Score "Atlanta Falcons wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester is recovering from foot surgery, head coach Dan Quinn revealed Friday. Hester's 2015 campaign was hampered by toe and foot injuries, and he did not record a reception in five games, instead being used exclusively on special..." March 26

  • Devin Hester faces 3-to-6 month recovery time after latest surgery

    The Falcoholic "Devin Hester turned in some very memorable returns and big plays during his debut 2014 season in Atlanta, and regardless of what happens from here in his career, he'll go down as one of the greatest kick and punt returners in NFL history. I preface what's to come with those glowing words because I..." January 19

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    D. Orlando Ledbetter @DOrlandoAJC

    #Falcons WR/KR Devin Hester (turf toe) returned to practice on Monday.

  • Falcons Tevin Coleman will be out alongside Brooks Reed, Devin Hester

    The Falcoholic "The latest injury report should be official soon, but it looks like there are three players who will certainly be out Sunday against the Cowboys, and Tevin Coleman is one of them. Coleman is obviously the biggest name on the list, and his absence will be felt. I believe Devonta Freeman is..." September 25

  • Devin Hester won’t play on Monday night

    Pro Football Talk "The Falcons will return to action on Monday night without the most prolific returner in NFL history. Devin Hester missed the entire week of practice because of a toe injury and the team ruled him out of their game against the Eagles when they released their final injury report on Saturday. Eric..." September 13

  • Devin Hester: Bears never offered me a contract

    CSN Chicago "During a conference call Wednesday with Chicago media, Devin Hester was asked about reasons for him leaving for Atlanta. Hester interrupted the question with a touch of added emotion in his voice: “Chicago didn’t offer me anything. They didn’t offer me no contract,” Hester declared. “They..." October 09

  • Devin Hester earns his 14th special teams player of the week award

    Pro Football Talk "The best kick returner in NFL history has been recognized again. Atlanta’s Devin Hester has been named the NFC special teams player of the week after a Week Three win over the Bucs in which he broke the NFL record for return touchdowns. Hester’s punt return touchdown was the 20th return..." September 24

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester agreed to terms on a 3-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per ESPN source.

  • Report: Devin Hester wants $4 million a year

    Pro Football Talk "Devin Hester is the best return man in NFL history. And he wants to get paid like it. An NFL personnel evaluator whose team has discussed a deal for Hester tells Rob Demovsky of that Hester is seeking a contract that pays about $4 million a year. If that’s true, it’s ridiculous. The..." March 19

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    vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23

    Devin Hester is visiting the Falcons today, per source,

  • Devin Hester hints he’d welcome offer from Bucs

    Tampa Tribune "When his playing career comes to an end, Devin Hester would like to retire as a Chicago Bear. The Bears, though, have seemingly already retired any plans they might have had for Hester going forward. Hester said as much during an interview on the NFL Network on Wednesday night, when he also..." March 06

  • Devin Hester: Bears want 'to go a different route'

    Chicago Tribune "After eight highlight-packed seasons as a Bear, Devin Hester’s career appears destined to finish elsewhere. Hester, who shares the NFL record of 19 career return touchdowns with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders, will hit free agency Tuesday afternoon. And during an interview Wednesday on the NFL..." March 06

  • Hester done with Bears — off to Lovie, Buccaneers?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Devin Hester won’t play for the Bears next season. Perhaps the game’s greatest kick returner of all time acknowledged Wednesday night what signs had pointed to all offseason. “From my knowledge,” he said on NFL Network, “I know Chicago wants to go a different route with me.” That means..." March 06

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Devin Hester has been with the #Bears since 2006. But with no attempt to re-sign him, looks like he’ll hit the FA market. End of an era.

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    For those asking about a possible reunion for Devin Hester and #Bucs coach Lovie Smith: I don’t see it happening.

  • Report: Bears Have Made “No Attempt” To Re-Sign Devin Hester

    NFL Trade Rumors "Ian Rapoport reports that the Chicago Bears have made “no attempt” to re-sign KR Devin Hester. Rapoport adds that it looks like Hester will reach the open market. Chicago is reportedly looking for a kick returner who can contribute in other areas, so it seems very likely that he will be..." March 04

  • Devin Hester, Lovie Smith might be reunited on Bucs "Devin Hester acknowledged in late December that the Chicago Bears have a "tough decision" on his future in the Windy City as he approaches free agency. One touchdown shy of breaking his tie with Deion Sanders for most return touchdowns in NFL history, Hester has stated his preference to set a..." February 18

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    Jeff Dickerson @ESPNChiBears

    Emery said Devin Hester had a good year. But no guarantees on his return. Salary cap is an issue.

  • Devin Hester would like to break Deion’s mark as a Bear

    Chicago Sun-Times "Devin Hester had the record for most touchdown returns in a career, and then he didn’t. A holding penalty a few weeks ago on special-teamer Craig Steltz wiped away that punt-return highlight against the Rams and that page in the history book. But it’s coming again. The Bears feel it. “Do..." December 14

  • Hester confident he could play defensive back if necessary

    Chicago Tribune "Devin Hester on Friday downplayed his recent work with Bears defensive backs during position drills. However, he believes he could have a positive impact on a game if the situation required him to play defense. “I think so, but we’re deep at DBs right now,” Hester said. “We have second and..." November 23

  • Hester ties Sanders' punt return touchdown mark

    ESPN Chicago "Devin Hester showed reporters the text message he received from Hall of Famer and friend Deon Sanders on Sunday after Hester’s 81 yard punt return touchdown moved him into a tie with Sanders for the most career regular season return scores in league history with 19. “I have to check my phone...." October 20

  • Bears Devin Hester upset Pro Bowl dropping kickoffs

    Chicago Tribune "The NFL and NFLPA are billing the modified Pro Bowl as "the ultimate fan-friendly celebration of the game" but Devin Hester says he never has seen a football game begin without a kickoff. Kickoffs have been removed from the league's all-star game and captains now will select the teams after..." August 01

  • Chris Johnson, Devin Hester to race a cheetah

    CBS Sports "Titans running back Chris Johnson is racing a cheetah. Yep arguably the NFL's fastest player is racing the planet's fastest animal. Johnson won't be alone: Bears returner Devin Hester is racing too. It's all part of Nat Geo Wild's Big Cat Week kickoff special "Man vs. Cheetah" which will air in..." July 24

  • Devin Hester no lock for roster spot on Chicago Bears "The Chicago Bears don't even allow Devin Hester to wear the same colored jersey as the other Bears wide receivers in practice. He's a return man, and a return man only. But is a he return man who's guaranteed to make the roster?'s John Mullin wrote Sunday night that Hester is..." June 17

  • Hester having to prove his worth as returner

    Chicago Tribune "The Bears are going to make Devin Hester solidify his roster position as a returner, creating an interesting dynamic as it is difficult to evaluate special teams without live action. A coverage team running down the field in Bourbonnais isn't the same kind of challenge for Hester or his..." June 14

  • Hester's special teams role could grow

    ESPN "There is a possibility Devin Hester could be asked to do more than return kicks next season for the Chicago Bears. In addition to serving as the Bears' primary return man, Hester lined up on the second-team kickoff and punt-team coverage units during the second day of the team's voluntary..." April 17

  • Devin Hester is OK with solely being a returner

    Chicago Sun-Times "Bears coach Marc Trestman said recently at the NFL owners meetings that you'd have to ask Devin Hester how he feels about being solely a kick returner for this upcoming season. On Sunday night, Hester declared on "The J Mack and Nate Vash Show" on WLS-AM (890) that he's OK with it and is..." April 08

  • Hester will have to compete for job

    Chicago Tribune "Bears general manager Phil Emery called Jay Cutler a "franchise" quarterback. Coach Marc Trestman wouldn't go there. While the men may differ somewhat in their view of Cutler, they're in lockstep when it comes to Devin Hester, who has suggested he might seek a trade after announcing the day..." February 22

  • Bears' Hester, Cutler must bridge gap

    Chicago Tribune "After Devin Hester told the Tribune that a change of scenery could be a good thing, many wondered why the Bears receiver/return specialist would bypass a chance for a fresh start under a new coaching staff. It's not that simple. Coach Marc Trestman brings a new offensive philosophy to town,..." February 05

  • Hester frustration understandable; Bears', too

    CSN Chicago "After the firing of Lovie Smith last month, few players were as vocal with their unhappiness more than Devin Hester, who was right then at the point of being uncertain he wanted to continue in the NFL. Some of that unhappiness is still evident as Hester told the Chicago Tribune's Vaughn McClure..." February 04

  • Devin Hester possibly seeks trade from Chicago Bears "Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester closed out an emotionally draining 2012 season by informing reporters that he would consider retirement this offseason. After a month of introspection, Hester now believes he would benefit from a "fresh start" while playing two or three more..." February 04

  • Hester wants fresh start, could seek trade

    Chicago Tribune "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..." February 03

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