Devin Hester still on the table?


The Chicago Bears didn’t want Devin Hester to return, so now Hester is looking to make his return elsewhere. Arguably the best punt returner in NFL history, Hester visited with the Falcons on Tuesday. Having already signed key players at the start of free agency, in hopes to strengthen the defense, the Falcons are now looking to spruce up their return game. Devin Hester was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He matched Hall of Famer Deion Sanders’ NFL record with his 19th return for a touchdown last season. It was Hester’s 13th punt return for a TD, extending his own record in that category. He has also returned five kickoffs and one missed field goal for touchdowns. A three-time Pro Bowl pick, Hester is best remembered by Bears fans for returning the opening kickoff in the 2007 Super Bowl for a touchdown. He ran it back 92 yards for a score in a game the Bears went on to lose to Indianapolis. His touchdown return against Washington was his first in nearly two years.
Hester led the NFL with a career-high 1,436 kick return yards on a league-high 52 tries, and he returned five kickoffs for a team-record 249 yards against Minnesota in September. Return duties have been a revolving door for the Falcons. The Falcons signed Javier Arenas earlier this evening but Atlanta is still rumored to be courting the talented return man late into the evening. Robert Alford, Harry Douglas, Dominique franks and Robert McClain all have taken turns at the position last season. Hester would give the Falcons some consistency in the return game. He undeniably still has the talent and his return specialist value would add confidence to the Falcons special teams. If Atlanta wants him they better ink him to a deal fairly quick, because Hester is highly desirable and reportedly has said 15 teams are interested in him, including the Miami Dolphins, who could also use return competition

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