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.”