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17 Devin Hester WR
Height/Weight: 5-11/190 | Birthdate: 11/4/1982 | Birthplace: Riviera Beach, FL, USA | Team: Atlanta | College: Miami (Fla.) | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 1/0
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Devin Hester catches another preseason touchdown


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Falcons return specialist/receiver Devin Hester caught a touchdown for the second straight week in preseason.

Facing the Titans on Saturday, Hester caught a short pass from Matt Ryan and took it 31 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. He played in the third quarter and was targeted five times, finishing with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Falcons intrigued with Devin Hester at WR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The Falcons are pretty deep at wide receiver with Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas atop the depth chart. However, Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is talking like the team will find a way to utilize returnman Devin Hester on offense.

"I've been very happy, as have all the coaches, with how Devin has taken to the wide receiver stuff," Koetter said Thursday, per the team's official website. "Terry Robiskie has done an awesome job with him. The other receivers are helping him and Devin's going to be an exciting player -- definitely a weapon that we added in the offseason that's going to help."

Though, the Falcons aren't looking to Hester to be another 1,000-yard receiver. Not with White and Jones already on the roster.

"He’s got the capability of playing and playing fast," Robiskie said. "He’s going to do some things and make some plays for us that I think, at the end of the day, when we get a chance to sit down, we'll say, 'Wow I didn’t know that’s what I was getting when I got him'

"Like I tell him every day: There’s not one person (here) who really gives a crap about what you did in Chicago. I’m happy for you that you’re in the record book. I think I’m in there, too. But can you help us win a Super Bowl? We need your help. I think he’s going to do some good things for us."


Falcons sign Devin Hester


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) The Falcons have signed return specialist/receiver Devin Hester to a three-year deal, reports ESPN. Hester had spent his entire eight-year career with the Bears.

As an offensive player, Hester has limitations with 217 catches for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns. He did not catch a pass in 2013.

As a return man, Hester is special. He has 13 punt returns for touchdowns and five kick returns for scores. He had a punt return for a touchdown in 2013.


Devin Hester seeking $4 million per year


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Free agent return man Devin Hester wants $4 million annually in his new contract, reports ESPN.com. Hester visited the Falcons on Tuesday as he continues his search for a new team.

Hester, 31, might not find a taker at $4 million per year, the report said.


Devin Hester visiting Falcons


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Free agent returner Devin Hester is visiting the Falcons on Tuesday, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He's returned 13 punts and five kickoffs for touchdowns in his career.

Devin Hester would love to play for Dolphins


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Free agent return man Devin Hester, who starred at the University of Miami, said he'd "love" to play for the Dolphins. They're among 13 teams that have contacted his agent.

Hester, who has 19 total return touchdowns, said he hasn't lost a step at age 31.

“Last week I ran a 4.38 (40-yard dash) so I’ve still got the speed,” Hester told the Sun Sentinel. “It’s not that. I just have to be put in the right system and get the right opportunity and things will happen.”


Chiefs among teams interested in Devin Hester


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Chiefs are one of the teams interested in free agent return man Devin Hester, who is leaving the Bears, reports the Kansas City Star. Hester could replace Dexter McCluster in Kansas City.

Bears announce they're not re-signing Devin Hester


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/6/2014) It's the end of an era in Chicago as the Bears announced Thursday that they will not attempt to re-sign kick-return specialist Devin Hester

"For the past eight seasons we have been honored to have Devin Hester as a part of our organization," Bears general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. "While Devin has redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position in the NFL, the memories and contributions he has given us cannot be measured by stats or numbers. Not only is Devin a special player, he is also an exceptional person. He is a great teammate, husband and father. Devin represented the organization off-the-field as well as he did on it. When his career is over, he will always be a welcome member of the Bears family. We thank him for his dedication and wish him and his family all the best."

Hester is the NFL's all-time leader in punt return touchdowns (13) and total kick return touchdowns (18). Including his 108-yard missed field goal return touchdown, Hester's 19 overall return touchdowns are tied with Deion Sanders for the most in regular season NFL history. 


Devin Hester on way out of Chicago


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) The Bears have made no attempt to re-sign returner Devin Hester, who'll be a free agent next week, reports NFL Network. The 31-year-old has 19 combined return touchdowns, tied for most in NFL history with Deion Sanders.


Devin Hester a fit for Tampa Bay?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2014) With the Buccaneers looking to upgrade their return game, signing free agent Devin Hester would be a logical move, reports ESPN.com. Hester played for new Bucs coach Lovie Smith in Chicago and, at 31, "probably wouldn't command a large salary," the report said.

Smith has repeatedly emphasized the importance of special teams. Hester led the NFL with 1,442 kickoff return yards last season and has 19 career returns for touchdowns. He's spent his entire eight-year career with the Bears.


Devin Hester moving to Bears' secondary?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2013) With Bears cornerback Isaiah Frey sitting out practice Wednesday with a hand injury, Bears wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester practiced for a bit with the defensive backs, according to the Chicago Tribune. Bears coach Marc Trestman hinted Hester, who was drafted out of Miami as a cornerback in 2006, is the emergency plan if Frey is out Week 12 at St. Louis.

"You never know. You never know," Trestman said. "We certainly want to keep him doing what he’s been doing. But he does have the ability certainly to do other things. Who knows? Nothing is out of the question. But it’s not something we spend a lot of time talking about."


Devin Hester joins Deion Sanders atop return TD list


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Bears kick returner Devin Hester returned a punt 81 yards for his 19th career return touchdown Sunday during the Week 7 loss at Washington. With that TD, Hester tied Deion Sanders' NFL record for most career return TDs.

Hester returned two kicks for an average of 20 yards and a long of 28. He returned three punts for an average of 28.3 yards per return. Hester does not have any receptions this season for the Chicago offense and has been just a special teams player. 


No spat between Devin Hester and Robbie Gould


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2013) Bears kick returner Devin Hester got into a verbal argument with kicker Robbie Gould during Thursday's game, but it's no longer an issue, according to NFL.com.

Gould explained he was at fault, and took out his frustrations after a bad kickoff on Hester. "There are no hard feelings," Gould said. "It's like a fight with your little brother." With about 5 minutes left in the second quarter, the Bears allowed a 46 yard return on a kickoff, which frustrated Gould.


Devin Hester reportedly on the roster bubble


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/17/2013) Comcast Sportsnet in Chicago believes that Bears return man extraordinaire Devin Hester is not a lock to make the final roster this summer. Per the report, Hester is "working to hold on" to the primary return job. Coach Marc Trestman said Hester is "competing" to win the gig. Hester turns 31 in November and is due $1.85 million this season, two other factors in the team's decision to keep him or not. A return to a receiver's role doesn't seem to be in the offing. 

Trestman reiterates Hester's role


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/17/2013) Bears coach Marc Trestman confirmed that Devin Hester will be the team's returner first, "then we'll see where it goes from there."

Hester OK not playing offense


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/8/2013) The Chicago Sun-Times reports new Bears coach Marc Trestman has moved Devin Hester to solely being a kick returner for this upcoming season. Hester told a local radio show in Chicago that he's OK with it and is looking forward to getting his "swagger" back. "I'm fine with it," Hester said. "It was kind of my idea to let me more focus on my kickoff and punt return thing. ... It was more of my idea to do it." Hester said he spoke to Trestman before heading back to Florida this offseason. It was then when it was agreed that Hester would focus on regaining his form on special teams. "Me and coach Trestman talked before I went home for the break and we came up with the idea that I would just go back to being a key return man -- a punt return and kickoff return man -- and a little bit more special teams," Hester said. "That would be what I know as of now my role to be for the upcoming season."

Hester to compete for role


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/22/2013) The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears are still counting on receiver Devin Hester, but his role is undefined this season. "Devin is a very versatile athlete," general manager Phil Emery said. "Right now, he is our returner, and we're looking forward to him working with us in OTAs and see how we come out." Added coach Marc Trestman: "Right now, he is back. He'll go out there and compete to be our returner. What he does beyond that depends on how he performs in that first role as a returner."

Future murky for Hester


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/15/2013) The Chicago Tribune reports the future for Bears receiver Devin Hester remains up in the air. Hester said he might seek a trade as he is unhappy with his role on the offense and his relationship with quarterback Jay Cutler. The NFL’s all-time leader in return touchdowns has one year remaining on his contract but it’s unlikely the Bears could get much in return if they did shop him on the open market. “I can tell you that I’ve spoken to him," coach Marc Trestman said of Hester. "He stopped by, I shook his hand, we had a chance to talk a few minutes but we didn’t get specific on anything, just an opportunity to get to know each other but not to put in concrete what his role would be if he winds up coming back.”

Hester won't retire


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/4/2013) The Chicago Tribune reports that Bears receiver Devin Hester has no immediate plans to retire, but he said he might need a change of scenery. Hester ended a frustrating 2012 season by telling reporters immediately after coach Lovie Smith was fired that he would consider retirement. After a month of reflection he had a change of heart. "I'm going to try to get two or three more years in,'' Hester said. "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. "Not only this year, but the last couple of years it has been like that,'' said Hester. "It was really starting to show, why I was frustrated. I'm not making any excuses. I know some of the plays I should have made in terms of catching the ball. But I just wasn't feeling it. My mind wasn't there the majority of the time.''