Former Chicago Bears‘ wide receiver and return specialist Devin Hester has expressed the fact that he wants $4 million per season on his free agent deal. For a player of his caliber and looking at what free agent wide receivers of much higher quality, this desire seems astounding.
Hester, 31, is seeking a deal that would pay him a base salary that seems unthinkable for a player unable to contribute at all on offense or defense. Whenever a kicker or punter is given money anywhere near $4 million people are legitimately shocked, and those players are relied upon much more than return specialists.
Currently, a few teams, including the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons, are interested in adding Hester to be a returner, but both teams appear to be uninterested in offering anything close to the asking price of Hester.
His inability to contribute on offense is even scarier for any team interested in signing him due to the reports that owners will soon be voting on moving kickoffs to the 40-yard line. There is not a kicker in the NFL that would be unable to consistently make touchbacks on kickoffs from that yardage, nullifying a team’s need for an elite return specialist even more. If these reports come through, Hester will only be used on punts, and would seriously squash any chance of him getting the lucrative contract that he desperately wants.
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