Free agent return specialist Devin Hester was never the sharpest crayon in the box during his time with the Chicago Bears and that is a trait that Hester will take with him to his new team.
While speaking with a Florida radio station about his impending free agency, Hester did not hold anything back when analyzing himself as a player.
“Me,” Hester stated bluntly when asked. “I can go and play corner, I can go and play receiver, I can play running back, and I can play a little bit of safety, as well as kickoff and punt returner.”-Devin Hester, Pro Football Talk
Hester is far from the best all-around player in the NFL. Hester started his NFL career as a cornerback though the Bears had to quickly move him to offense due to his inability to cover receivers. As a receiver, Hester had game-changing speed but the speed did not make up for the fact that he couldn’t run routes. By failing on defense and failing on offense, the only thing Hester is productive at is as a special teams player.
That is ultimately why the Bears opted to part ways with the return specialist. Hester is nothing more than a one trick pony. And when that one trick is on special teams, then the value of that player becomes depleted.