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 ESPN.com, 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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