Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) runs with the ball past Washington Redskins defensive back Jose Gumbs (48) to make a touchdown in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers a ‘great fit’ for Devin Hester


On Wednesday night, the Chicago Bears decided they would not be keeping return man/wide receiver Devin Hester.

Hester, who has played all eight seasons of his NFL career with the Bears, has 18 total kickoff and punt returns, easily the most in league history.

Now that Hester is a free agent, many are speculating that he could join his former head coach, Lovie Smith, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hester seems on board with that idea.

“I look at Lovie as my number one coach right now because he’s the one that took a chance on me coming out of the draft,” Hester told Michael C. Wright of ESPN Chicago. “He has all my respect so if he’s a guy that is going to shoot at me and want me to come play with him again, my arms are open.”

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who questioned the Bears’ loyalty regarding Hester, believe Tampa Bay is a good spot for Hester.

“He had great success from when Lovie was with Chicago,” Urlacher said. “All those returns were when he was his head coach. Anyone leaving Chicago and joining Lovie is a great move. He’s a great head coach and guys know what it’s like playing for him. He has been successful in the league and he’ll be successful down there, as well. I think Tampa would be a great fit for Devin.”

Tags: Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears Devin Hester Lovie Smith Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Brian

    As a life – long Bears fan, I will always appreciate the impact that you and Hester have given the team. You gave us your all and that goes a long way. I’m not trying to speak for all Bears fans as a whole, but I know there’s many that feel the same way as I do when I say quit your whining Brian! The bears stuck with you your whole career. Then when they gave you an offer to play another year you turned it down. You were at the end of your career and the team tried to do what’s best for the team and by you and resign you, but you thought you deserved more. We could’ve used your leadership in 2013, but you’ve been getting injured a lot and the team couldn’t chance a large contract on you. You held yourself above giving a home team discount and guess what, no other team gave you a better contract than the bears. Our city and organization was loyal to you and all you’ve done is cry. You’re turning into a player that I’m ashamed to call one of the ex Bears greats because you’re being bitter towards the team and city that’s been loyal to you. I can’t stand Brett Favre, and he was a great quarterback but it was illegal to like him because he was a Packer. And right now, you’re constant nagging makes his circus act in the off season for 3 years straight look good. Do us Chicago and a favor and stop your crying. We appreciate all the good years you gave us, but we’re sick of your high school Bull$hit! You had a great career and still have a promising sportscaster career if you chose to stop your whining and accept that you turned down the bears offer without having any other teams interest either. You played a game for millions of dollars. There’s soldiers that have done more than you and get treated like crap who don’t ask for anything in return. Maybe you should look up the definition of honor! Hmmm That’s weird, didn’t you play at SOLDIER FIELD? Suck it up!