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NFL Free Agency: Devin Hester signs with the Atlanta Falcons

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We knew this day was coming, but it will still sting a little bit to see Devin Hester donning the jersey of another franchise. Today he signs a three year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

Someone sure is excited.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Devin Hester is coming to Atlanta: <a href="http://t.co/hY7gANo2MD">http://t.co/hY7gANo2MD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RiseUp&amp;src=hash">#RiseUp</a> <a href="http://t.co/PEf76Hu9Rj">pic.twitter.com/PEf76Hu9Rj</a></p>&mdash; Atlanta_Falcons (@Atlanta_Falcons) <a href="https://twitter.com/Atlanta_Falcons/statuses/446733368231620608">March 20, 2014</a></blockquote>

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And you know what, they should be.

The Atlanta Falcons are getting one of the most exciting players in the NFL.

Maybe he has lost a step, but even a step slow Devin Hester is fast enough to be an elite return man in the NFL.

Last season his 14.2 yards per punt return was 4th best in the NFL, and he added a punt return touchdown. Hester also led the league in in kick returns and kick return yardage and his 27.6 average was the 2nd best of his career.

Reports have the Falcons giving him a three year deal, however financial terms have not been disclosed yet.

Reports also have leaked out that the Falcons intend to have him involved on the offense in some capacity, something our sister site The Falcoholic has already pooh-poohed upon.

Let's get this out of the way right now: Hester's not really going to be much of a weapon on offense. He was pressed into service in Chicago and never became more than a passable option in the passing game, and that's not going to suddenly change at age 31. At best, Hester can get occasional snaps out of the slot, but it's likely that the Falcons already have five superior receiving options. I wouldn't mind being wrong about this...

And in case you were wondering, the Bears do play in Atlanta this season.

What are your thoughts on Hester officially being gone from the Chicago Bears?