I know what you are thinking; no way does Devin Hester play for anyone other than the Chicago Bears in the 2013 NFL season, but in my opinion it is something that could be good for both the Bears organization and indeed Hester himself.
The salary cap hit on Hester for the 2013 season is a hugely inflated $12.87mil, with the Bears yet to tie up a long-term contract extension for Jay Cutler and Henry Melton, also with no idea how much Brian Urlacher will demand come the season end, unless Hester is willing to significantly restructure his contract he may very well force GM Phil Emery’s hand.
It isn’t just the financial side that makes this move a possibility, the Hester at wide receiver experiment in Chicago has been a failure. Every season fans hear that Hester hasn’t been used correctly in previous schemes and that he has the best hands on the team, yet every season Hester struggles to assert himself as even a number 3 receiver.
Even his Special Teams production has tailed off. This season I have lost count of the number of times Hester has either let the ball bounce or fair caught a ball he could have torn off for a huge gain.
In terms of his long term aspirations as an NFL player, I feel Hester needs to go to a team that has a proper offensive coordinator that will use his specific talents in specific situations, something the Bears haven’t had whilst Hester has been in Chicago, and never will as long as Mike Tice is calling the shots.
Ultimately I don’t think any Bears’ fans really wants to see Hester go come the end of the season, gosh knows the Bears have many pressing issues come the end of the season, but if Hester doesn’t start to pull his weight and prove that he is a viable option and offensive contributor, then this angle could pick up more speed come the end of the 2012 season.