Hester wants fresh start, could seek trade
He's talking about not fitting at WR, and maybe switching back to defense if he stays with the Bears.
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Returner/receiver confirms he's discontented with role on offense and conflicted about staying with Bears 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 retirement. After a month of reflection with his wife and family, the 30-year-old receiver/return specialist has had a change of heart.
"I'm going to try to get two or three more years in,'' Hester told the Tribune on Saturday. "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.
Hester, who caught a career-high 57 passes in 2009, saw his receptions dip to 23 (career-low 10.5 yards per catch) this season as Brandon Marshall (118 receptions) became the focal point of the offense. Hester felt totally ignored on offense, at times. His frustration mounted as his touches faded both during games and in practice.
"Not only this year, but the last couple of years it has been like that,'' said Hester, who added receiver to his resume in 2007. "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.''
The former second-round draft pick was asked if he would seek a trade.
"It's a possibility,'' he said. "I'm loyal to my team. But the fans and my teammates have to understand where I'm coming from.
"I don't want to walk away from this game with another season going the way it ended this year. … It might have to take a fresh start somewhere else.''
New Bears special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis has reached out to Hester. The three-time Pro Bowl returner still owns the NFL record with 17 career kick return touchdowns despite not having one last season. His total likely will gain him some Hall of Fame consideration.
"He told me I had a lot left in my tank and he'd love to have me back,'' Hester said of DeCamillis' message. "He said he would hate to be coaching against me.''
Hester is willing to return strictly to returning if he remains with the Bears.
"To be honest with you, if I'm still here, I don't want to play offense,'' he said. "I don't think my role (on offense) will fit. I can't truly say that with the new offense, but from past experience, I don't think it will fit.''
Yet a part of Hester wants to prove himself as a pass catcher. He also has contemplated a return to cornerback, the spot he played as a rookie reserve.
"I've thought about that every year,'' Hester said of playing defense. "If I got into a system where we're pretty much manned up, I could do that at DB.''
No matter where he ends up playing next season or what position he settles into, Hester feels his body will hold up. He doesn't believe age has contributed to any decline.
"I still feel good,'' Hester said. "When we play basketball, I'm still jumping out the gym. I don't think I'm falling off, with the physical part.''
But mentally, Hester has to get on track.
"If I'm here, I want to bring another Super Bowl title to this city,'' he said. "I love the fans and the support. But I don't want to play this game like I have the last couple of years — not having fun.
"I'm the type of person who plays off emotions and feelings. When I'm happy and having fun, it shows. When I'm not happy, it shows as well.''
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 02-02-2013 at 09:42 PM.
Devin, just be a KR, your HOF grade doing that. Your not an effective wr and your ego is hurt your not a "#1wr". You can be a CB but probably only in dime situations.
Arguing on the internet is like winning the special olympics, even if you win your still messed up.
Restore the roar!
-Lovie Smith makes error in putting Hester on Offense
-Hester does sub-par as WR
-Bears fire Lovie
-Hester pouts because the guy who misused him to begin with is gone
Yeah...makes total sense
He wants off the offense, then fantastic. Im sure we will do just fine without him.
He wants to focus on returns, then fantastic part 2.
He wants to try defense....eh...ummm sure, i guess let him play nickel back, we dont use that very often, and with Tillman and Jennings in, i wouldnt be upset with Hester as #3 Cb in Nickel packages.
I'm trying//to let go//of maybe//but maybe's just so//very interesting//Oh, what a thing.
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I remember a buddy of mine telling me after the '06 draft (he was a Hurricanes fan) that we got an amazing return man, but he wasn't really good at offense or defense. If there's a realistic need to move Hester to CB, then do it, but I can't see any realistic scenario there. This article really isn't bringing up any new talking points.
He hurt us more then helped us last season in all phases of the game. I don't think he is worth keeping even before all this lame ass rhetoric from him
Yeah let him strictly return kicks and if he wants to get looks in dime he better be in someone's ear about gunning on punt coverage
He has no trade value so I can't see him leaving
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I agree, we probably couldn't get much for him in a trade right now. His skills have diminished. And, he's beginning to sound like a player with "head problems" and few teams want a head case who's also not playing very well. Even on returns lately, his decision-making is not so good. Lately you see him field a kick and make a stupid decision.
Originally Posted by Grizzblue
Who's going to trade much for a player like that? It would be a gamble, that he'd get his head straight, and return to the guy he was a few years ago. Sure it could happen, but are you going to gamble much on a trade for a player like that?
Last edited by JustAnotherBearsFan99; 02-03-2013 at 08:54 AM.
Please, trade him. If not, cut him. He is not even a good returner anymore. He has officially expired. He was never good on O or D. He is a Diva and calls himself elite. In the last two or more years, he has done NOTHING exceptional. He is a waste of a roster spot. Plus, who wants to keep hearing him pout about being frustrated. Goodbye.
Last edited by NostraHistoria; 02-03-2013 at 01:21 PM.
Seems like his head is just not in the game b/c of his struggles... I believe it was Drake who recently said Hester is a momentum player. When things are going good he's playing on emotion, not thinking, just reacting which is what makes he so great a PR/KR. That being said it is also the down fall for him on offense.
It will be interesting in seeing what Emery has in mind here. Eric Weems and Devin Hester are pretty the same player on our roster, but Weems has a little more upside on the offensive side of the ball and 2 more years on his deal.
Maybe Hester is a draft day trade for someone's third round pick?
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Good call ppl.. I think is time to let go Hester and concentrate on other players,