Dec 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) fumbles a kickoff during the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Green Bay Packers could sign Devin Hester


 

Although former Chicago Bears’ wide receiver/return man Devin Hester is the greatest return man in the history of the NFL, he could have trouble getting the $4 million he is seeking.

Although he is currently visiting the Atlanta Falcons, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com believes it could be the Green Bay Packers that sign their second former Bears’ Pro Bowler of the offseason.

The Packers want to upgrade their return game while also taking receiver Randall Cobb out of that job. Cobb, who has three career special teams touchdowns on returns, will take on an even greater role on offense this season after the departure of James Jones.

After Jeremy Ross was released and Cobb sustained a knee injury early last season, the Packers turned to rookie cornerback Micah Hyde as their primary returner. Hyde ranked fifth in the NFL last season in punt return average (12.3 yards per return) and had one touchdown. But the Packers struggled all season on kickoff returns, ranking 30th with a 20.3-yard average. Hyde is expected to have a larger role on defense this season, perhaps even moving to safety.

The Packers, of course, signed former Bears’ defensive end Julius Peppers last week.

Hester spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Bears before being released last week.

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  • Packamaniac

    It would be a great move to sign him.

    • Scott

      It would be a splashy move to sign him. Unless he has a Desmond Howard like year, it wouldn’t be a “great move.”

      The only way it’d be great short of a Howard like season is if the Packers used him on offense from TIME TO TIME. Not like the Bears did, but as a Deep threat from time to time, on WR screens, some of the types of specialized plays they use Percy Harvin for in Seattle and Minnesota.