NFL Free Agency 2014: Bears confirm they won’t re-sign Devin Hester

Over the course of the last 24 hours, it has become well known that the Chicago Bears have no intentions of re-signing wide receiver/return specialist Devin Hester after he hits the free agent market next week.

Hester took to Facebook late Wednesday night to say goodbye to the fans in Chicago, and now the Bears have confirmed that he would not be returning to the team in 2014.

“For the past eight seasons we have been honored to have Devin Hester as a part of our organization,” Bears General Manager Phil Emery said in a statement.

“While Devin has redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position in the NFL, the memories and contributions he has given us cannot be measured by stats or numbers. Not only is Devin a special player, he is also an exceptional person. He is a great teammate, husband and father. Devin represented the organization off-the-field as well as he did on it. When his career is over, he will always be a welcome member of the Bears family. We thank him for his dedication and wish him and his family all the best.”

Hester will now be free to sign with any team he desires.

It will be interesting to see what potential suitors will be out there for Hester, but there will surely be someone interested in bolstering their kick return game.

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