With a new regime in town and new head coach Mark Trestman is quickly putting his own mark on the Chicago Bears franchise, there are bound to be some fan-favorites who suffer the wrath. One of those fan-favorites could be return man Devin Hester.
Although considered by many to be one of the most dangerous returners in the league, Hester has proven himself to be rather one-dimensional during his days with the Bears. The previous regime attempted to use him on offense, but with mixed results.
Now that the NFL is trying to make kick returns a thing of the past, players such as Hester have lost the sensational value that they once held. As kick returners become outdated, so will Hester. That looming fact could lead to his departure.
“[We] had a chance to talk a few minutes but we didn’t get specific on anything,” Trestman said. “Just an opportunity to get to know each other but not to put in concrete what his role would be if he winds up coming back.”
While Trestman doesn’t exactly come out and say that Hester won’t be with the team in 2013, the “winds up coming back” part seems to elude that there’s a good chance he’s a strong candidate for release. Considering that Hester has already admitted to needing a change of scenery, a split between the two parties seems likely.
“I’m going to try to get two or three more years in,” Hester said a couple weeks ago. “I think I have that much left in me. At the same time, I think I do need a fresh start.”
Hester has also mentioned the possibility of asking for a trade out of Chicago, although his rapidly decreasing value and lack of consistent offensive effectiveness could make finding a trade partner hard for the Bears. No matter what route is taken, chances are that Hester won’t be spending much time tearing up Soldier Field in 2013.