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.