Devin Hester hasn't been as explosive a returner in the last couple seasons and has gotten frustrated at his fading role in the offense. He backed off his earlier stated stance of retiring, but he did say that he might need a "fresh start," and when pressed, admitted a request for a trade was a possibility.
"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.''
"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.''
I don't think trade talks regarding Hester will really take off unless the Bears are willing to really take small gains, and Hester's not forcing the issue of being an offensive piece.
Would you be willing to trade Hester at this point of his career? What do you think the Bears could get for him? If the Bears did keep him, he says he'd be willing to stick to returning, but do you think the Bears would try to force his role on offense again? Who do you think could take over the returning duties as effectively as Hester has in recent years?