The Atlanta Falcons have released Devin Hester and some Chicago Bears’ fans are hoping they bring him back for another run in Chicago. We all loved watching #23 do his thing for the eight years he wore the Navy and Orange, and many of us were unhappy when the Bears allowed him to walk as a free agent after the 2013 season, but I see no point in bringing him back now.
Hester will turn 34 in November.
He’s coming off a season where he only played five games and the Falcons only gave him 1 offensive snap during those five games.
He had surgery in January to fix two broken bones in his right big toe and he missed all of Atlanta’s off-season work out program.
Falcons’ GM Thomas Dimitroff claims it was a “football decision” to release Hester, and that he did pass his pre-camp physical. If Hester is 100%, I’m sure he could help the right team, in the right situation. Hester says he has no plans to retire, so we’ll have to see if a team takes a flier on the Windy City Flyer.
I’d prefer to remember Hester for the great player that he was while wearing the Bears uniform, and he was great and he should be in the Hall Of Fame, not watching him try and latch on to a young team.
I just don’t see any reason the Bears would want an aging returner that isn’t much of a wide out these days.
When Hester does decide to hang ‘em up, I think the Bears would go the ceremonial route and sign him to a one day deal to retire a Bear.
What do you guys think?