Devin Hester (23) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Hester signs with Atlanta Falcons


The Atlanta Falcons were looking for an impact kick returner, and they worked out former Denver Broncos star returner Trindon Holliday earlier in the free agent period. Holliday, however, decided to sign a one-year deal with the New York Giants, and Tom Coughlin will try to do the best he can to stop his chronic fumbling issues which are crippling and detract from his all-world speed and explosiveness as a return man.

Although the Falcons didn’t sign Holliday, they snagged themselves a better and less turnover-prone return man in former Chicago Bears special teamer Devin Hester, who is the most decorated return man in NFL history. Per a source close to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Falcons have signed Hester to a three-year deal worth an undisclosed amount of money.

Hester is 31 and was reportedly seeking $4 million per year on the open market, which was just a ridiculous request for someone who has no value outside of returns. I’m sure he’s making a lot less than that for the Falcons over those three seasons, and it will be interesting to see exactly how the deal is structured. Last season, Hester had 1,442 kick-off return yards, as well as 256 yards and a touchdown on punt returns.

He visited the Falcons a couple of days ago and also had interest from the Miami Dolphins.


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  • Payton1999

    People can analyze and do their own rationalizations to justify in their own minds why he was let go or why it was better to have let him go but overall in a nut shell it was a stupid move to let him go no matter what anybody states. His return average was great and most of the time his actions & talent started the offense in a good & sometimes “really good” field positions; this is vital & can be key to a “W” at the end of the day. To have him in another team’s uniform makes me 100% sick & breaks my heart and he’ll undoubtedly break the NFL record and for him to do it in another team’s uniform is a slap to the Bears community which was really “initiated” & the fuse lit by the management! A well deserved, proud & highly representing historical record, statistic and moment will be cheated out of the Bears no matter what attempt will be made by announcers, biographers etc to back pedal credit to the Bears; all photos and recordings reflecting the very moment will show the true event as it happened…in an Atlanta uniform. Sad…very sad!