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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

NFL Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers may sign Devin Hester

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.

Tags: Chicago Bears Devin Hester Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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