Could Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester be running toward Green Bay? Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Demovsky: Devin Hester could be signed by the Green Bay Packers

It’s speculation at this point, most notably coming from a post by Rob Demovsky of, but it’s guesswork that has some legs under it – that being the possibility that former Chicago Bears return specialist and wide receiver Devin Hester, longtime the bane of the Packers special teams, might be wooed to Green Bay.

Demovsky post came out this afternoon and included this passage:

The Packers want to upgrade their return game while also taking receiver Randall Cobb out of that job. Cobb, who has three career special teams touchdowns on returns, will take on an even greater role on offense this season after the departure of James Jones.

After Jeremy Ross was released and Cobb sustained a knee injury early last season, the Packers turned to rookie cornerback Micah Hyde as their primary returner. Hyde ranked fifth in the NFL last season in punt return average (12.3 yards per return) and had one touchdown. But the Packers struggled all season on kickoff returns, ranking 30th with a 20.3-yard average. Hyde is expected to have a larger role on defense this season, perhaps even moving to safety.

Yes, the Packers had a fairly decent punt return game with Hyde, but as you can see from the stats produced by Demovsky, the Packers kickoff return game has suffered.Hester has paid a visit to the Atlanta Falcons, but Demovsky, formerly of the Green Bay Press Gazette before moving over to ESPN, has strong feelings about this one.In my honest opinion, I feel this could be one of the missing pieces the Packers need to win a championship. We all remember the value of Desmond Howard and how he helped turn that 1996 team into a Super Bowl champion. Could Hester provide the same bang for the Packers’ buck in 2014? If he lands in Green Bay, it would be another steal by GM Ted Thompson, who has been busy the past few days filling important holes on the team.

What are your feelings on this one? Do the Packers spend the money on a guy like Hester or do they work in-house and do their best to improve special teams without going out and spending money on a return specialist?

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  • Paul Sauber

    IMO, the Packers should sign Hester to a 1-year deal and try to draft Dry Archer in a late round of this years draft. Both could compete for the job. I think that could be the end of all our sorrows in the return game

    • Nevin Paustian

      I like dri archer, but i wonder if they will bother drafting him seeing as how GB already has 4 RB’s on the roster. I would almost see them drafting a WR or a DB that has return experience.

      • Nick Hesterly

        Dri Archer in addition played in the slot as a WR at Kent State…

        • Nevin Paustian

          Yeah, he lined up there, but with only being 5’8″ and having small hands, would he be an effective slot guy in the NFL?

          • Nick Hesterly

            He is pretty much in the mold of Dexter McCluster.. Archer has very limited upside at WR, but like Hester would be massive in the returning game.

  • Nevin Paustian

    Not for the 4 million per year asking price.

  • Steve

    Reasonable one year deal

  • Packamaniac

    Sign Him, get Cobb out of that role and back as the #2 WR and nothing else.

  • Mike Brand

    would not be a bad idea at all

  • Vvait Fang

    Hester could be a great addition, especially since he could step in immediately as a #3 or #4 WR. I trust the Packers office to be able to put together a deal that makes both sides winners.

  • Peter Maiz

    So what happened to the absolute need for a free safety. The Packers need to improve special teams drastically, but from the defensive side of the ball. If TT doesn’t improve the defense, Green Bay may again be “one and out”.

  • Peter Maiz

    Hester is no Desmond Howard. Hester could be signed on a one year with bonuses attached. But why not use Hyde. Surely fifth in the league is great.

    • Nevin Paustian

      I know it’s awful for me to say this but i think howard got a little bit too much credit. The special team play was exceptional that year and he would have holes that you could drive a truck through. Don’t get me wrong…he had good speed and he fit the system like a glove, but there is a reason that he fell off in oakland.