Devin Hester | KR | Chicago Bears
Posted: 3/6/2014 1:34pm et
The Chicago Bears will not re-sign free-agent WR Devin Hester, according to Hester. He said the team wants to go in a different direction.
Huddle Up: The Bucs, now guided by former Bears coach Lovie Smith, remain an obvious landing spot for Hester, who for fantasy purposes, is strictly a kick returner after failing to catch a pass last season in Chicago.
Posted: 3/4/2014 4:00pm et
There have been no attempts at re-signing Chicago Bears impending free agent WR Devin Hester. Hester is likely to hit free agency.
Huddle Up: Even though he'll turn 32 this fall, Hester remains a kick-return force with 18 combined kickoff- and punt-return scores in his career. His WR production, however, is a another story with his numbers dipping each season since establishing a career high with 57 grabs for 757 yards and 3 TDs in 2009. Even a possible reunion with former Bears coach Lovie Smith in Tampa is reportedly a longshot, according to an NFL Network report.
Posted: 1/31/2014 12:59am et
Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams coach Kevin O'Dea said finding a difference-maker in the return game will be a high priority for the team this offseason. The team could show interest in Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Devin Hester or Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Dexter McCluster this offseason.
Huddle Up: Hester will be 32 this November, but new Bucs coach Lovie Smith certainly is familiar with him, having coached Hester for 7 seasons in Chicago.
Posted: 6/17/2013 11:40am et
Chicago Bears KR Devin Hester is competing to keep his job as the primary kick returner. WR Earl Bennett is also fielding kicks, and at age 31, Hester could become a salary cap casualty.
Huddle Up: Maybe over the offseason Father Time has sapped Hester of his ability to be one of the most dynamic return men in the game. But if the Bears kick him to the curb you can bet he'll find another home elsewhere in the league. Fantasy owners should view Hester as a value-add to your team defense/special teams or as a return man with a smidgeon of contribution at receiver, with the Bears or elsewhere.
Posted: 4/16/2013 11:11pm et
Chicago Bears WR Devin Hester did not work with the wide receivers Tuesday, April 16, during the first day of the team's voluntary minicamp. Instead, he worked all special teams plays, including kicks and punt returns. 'I love it, man,' Hester said after practice. Head coach Marc Trestman said Hester will focus on being the team's return man.
Huddle Up: Hester's catches and receiving yardage have declined in each of the past 3 seasons following his career-best 57-757 campaign of 2009, and the Bears are exploring other options at WR.
Posted: 3/20/2013 1:56pm et
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman said he is uncertain if WR Devin Hester will even practice with the receiving corps this season, let alone play there. He is considered purely a returner for now.
Huddle Up: Good news for those drafting the Bears' return unit that Hester will be allowed to focus on that aspect of his game; he wasn't bringing much to the table as a wideout anyway.