Ok, before you come after me with the pitchforks and torches, let me explain myself as to why I think Chicago Bears kick returner/wide receiver Devin Hester would be a great fit for the Green Bay Packers … and why he will probably never wear a Packers uniform.
First, we have to understand that Hester is not happy in Chicago, not only because of the firing of Lovie Smith, but because his role has been greatly reduced the past couple of years.When Hester’s role in kick returning diminished because the Bears thought they could utilize his skills more as a wide receiver, there were great hopes. However, his production didn’t match up to the hype.
If Hester was to even be considered a fit with the Packers, he would most likely be listed fourth, fifth or sixth among wide receivers.
So, why would the Packers want him?
Well, he could compete in the phase of the game where he has always been successful – returning kicks and punts.
The Packers have been looking for a player to take over those special teams duties from Randall Cobb and have found at least one player, Jeremy Ross, who has shown promise, but has also had some problems keeping his hands on the ball. His muffed punt in the Divisional Playoff game looms largest in our most recent memories. However, to his credit, he did have many more positive than negative plays.
Bringing Hester in to compete on special teams would certainly force Ross to focus. Having both would be big, but it’s doubtful Ted Thompson would keep two kick returners unless they contributed elsewhere.
Another bonus for Hester is his salary. He is expected to make $2.1 million next year. For a player of his experience, that seems to be a deal … and we all know how Ted Thompson loves a good deal.
And while this may be an exercise in futility because we all probably understand that TT wouldn’t pull off any kind of deal, let alone one for a Chicago Bear, it’s fun to speculate … and really, who knows? TT has surprised us in the past.
So now you can put away those pitchforks and torches …