Sunday, February 3, 2013
Hester returning to return again?
By AJ Mass
Devin Hester was upset after the Chicago Bears fired head coach Lovie Smith and had told reporters at the time that he was considering retirement. Apparently, a cooling off period was all the return specialist needed to recharge his batteries.
Hester told the Chicago Tribune that he is prepared to play two or three more years, but that he was hoping to get "a fresh start" in order to do so. Hester still has one season left on his current deal, and wants to contribute as a wide receiver as well as on special teams. He recognizes that might not happen in Chicago, hence his advocacy for a trade.
"I'm not making any excuses," Hester said. "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." Perhaps the Oakland Raiders would be a good fit for Hester. Not only did the team's top punt returner, Phillip Adams, average just 5.6 yards per kick last season, but they also failed to have a wide receiver finish in the league's top 50 in terms of receiving yards.