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NFL Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers may sign Devin Hester

Nov 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) returns a kickoff against the Detroit Lions during the second half at Soldier Field. Detroit defeats Chicago 21-19. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going through a brans new phase in their franchise’s history. The Greg Schiano days are over and fans are dancing like Ewoks in the streets of Tampa, but there is still plenty of work that needs to be done before another Lombardi Trophy is hoisted.

One of the many eras the Bucs are looking to upgrade and fortify is in their return game, and one player that new head coach Lovie Smith is very familiar with is Devin Hester — perhaps the greatest return man in the history of the NFL. The marriage makes complete and total sense, and ESPN.com blogger Pat Yasinkas believes it could happen this offseason.

There are strong indications out of Chicago that Devin Hester might not be back with the Bears. Hester just might be the best return man in history. And, oh yeah, Smith used to coach him in Chicago.

This move is logical on many fronts, including the fact that Hester, 31, probably wouldn’t command a large salary, which is important when you’re talking about a guy whose only role might be returns.

When considering how much Hester would want to play for Smith again, remember that when Smith was fired in Chicago, Hester nearly had a mental breakdown. Hester was one of Smith’s favorite players and the love between the two was mutual and could get rekindled in Tampa.

Topics: Chicago Bears, Devin Hester, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • victorbarney

    YES, LOVIE SMITH! WHAT TOOK TAMPA BAY MANAGEMENT SO LONG TO GET YOU? YEAH, I KNOW! IT WAS NOT LOVIE SMITH’S MANAGEMENT STYLE BEFORE? OH, DON’T YOU JUST LOVE IT FANS? GO LOVIE SMITH! GO TAMPA BAY! WATCH FOLKS…

  • Sinclair Phos

    Well the problem is, this is all the guy can do. So your new regime is going to pay this guy a ton of money to return kicks and that’s it? Although Lovie is the only one stupid enough to continue to try to make this guy a WR….so good luck with that. Between kick off rule changes, and most teams punting away from him, he really no longer brings much value to the football team. Certainly not enough to commit a roster spot to a guy that is all he can do.

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