It sounds like Devin Hester’s days as a Chicago Bear could be numbered, per CSNChicago.com.
Devin Hester may be voted into the Hall of Fame someday as arguably the most dominant returner in NFL history. But right now he is working to hold onto that job with a new Bears coaching staff.
Trestman said as much earlier this offseason and observing the rotations during minicamp, with Earl Bennett among others fielding kicks. Trestman again used the word “competing” to describe Hester’s situation as the Bears’ primary returner.
With the Bears tight against the salary cap, Hester’s 2013 base of $1.85 million is potentially a factor, as is his age (31 in November), if he does not establish a level of dominance approaching what he had before working into the offense as a receiver.
Even though Hester will be turning 31 this year, he has plenty of football left in him. The good news is that he’s never suffered a really serious injury. His 2013 salary seems very reasonable for a game-changing returner.