Bears kick returner Devin Hester scored his 19th return touchdown against the Redskins this…
Bears Free Agency: Devin Hester
It was in 2007 the Chicago Bears made the fateful decision to shift Devin Hester from cornerback to wide receiver. Hester was coming off a rookie campaign in 2006 in which he scored six times on kick and punt returns, including the opening kickoff of Super Bowl XLI. A return specialist and part-time cornerback in college at Miami, former Bears head coach Lovie Smith chose to make Hester a full-time starting wide receiver. For six seasons, Smith insisted that Hester was a No. 1 wideout but the results never matched the hype. Hester topped out in 2009 with 57 catches for 757 yards and 3 scores but faded rapidly the next three years, totaling just 49 catches in 2011 and 2012 combined. In accordance, Hester's production as a returner also took a big hit. Running 40 routes on offense each game appeared to sap him of his big-play ability on kick and punt returns, eventually turning one of the greatest return men in the league into just another guy. Hester is 31 and is set to hit free...
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