Former Bears return specialist Devin Hester agreed to terms on a 3-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per ESPN source.
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 ESPN.com that Hester is seeking a contract that pays about $4 million a year. If that’s true, it’s ridiculous. The..." March 19
Devin Hester is visiting the Falcons today, per source,
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
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
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
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.
For those asking about a possible reunion for Devin Hester and #Bucs coach Lovie Smith: I don’t see it happening.
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
NFL.com "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
Fansided "There have been few athletes in Chicago sports history who have universally captured the attention of fans across the board like Devin Hester. No matter who you were rooting for in Chicago the last decade, Hester’s name was one that you knew as there hasn’t been a return man quite like him..." February 15
Emery said Devin Hester had a good year. But no guarantees on his return. Salary cap is an issue.
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
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
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
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
CBSSports.com "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
NFL.com "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? CSNChicago.com's John Mullin wrote Sunday night that Hester is..." June 17
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
ESPN.com "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
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
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
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
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
NFL.com "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
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