Originally written on Tireball.com  |  Last updated 1/1/13
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Despite a 7-1 start the Chicago Bears missed the playoffs. Head coach Lovie Smith was fired as a result. Players expressed dissapointment after learning of the news none more so then wide receiver Devin Hester. Hester blamed reporters and fans for Smith’s dismissal and said that he was considering retirement. One man who believes Hester will be back is general manager Phil Emery. “Devin came in as a draft pick with Lovie. I certainly understand the emotion. There will be a time when his emotions clear” said Emery. “Obviously, Devin is under contract, so if he sent his retirement papers in, I would know. But I don’t anticipate that. I think he’s a great competitor. I think that was an emotional situation that evoked an emotional response, and I certainly understand that.”" Hester’s contract called for a $10 million roster bonus had be become the teams No. 1 wide receiver. No word what type of bonus is owed based on Hester’s current status.
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