Digging more into the Bears roster, on players Phil Emery might consider cutting we come to Devin Hester. The wide receiver has worn out his welcome here in Chicago most recently with his nonexistent wide receiver play. Hester had four drops in 54 targets according to Pro Football Focus and has been completely unreliable in a number of other areas.
Hester’s production as a kick returner dropped off dramatically as he seemed to lose confidence and speed last year. The explosive element to Hester’s return game seems to have diminished and as a result so has the overall production.
Combine that with his lack of being able to get open, beat press coverage, or being able to run good routes and the Bears would be smart to cut Hester outright. Sure you could try and get something in trade for Hester, but he’s not likely to garner much in the trade market, especially if teams think they have a shot at him if he is cut.
He’s also already expressed his desire to move on and get a fresh start somewhere. Precisely what level of a fresh start a one-dimensional 30-year-old player thinks he’s going to get remains to be sorted out. He’s simply not a top level receiver nor is he ever going to be a top level receiver and the Bears have a kick returner on the roster and would be smart to draft a receiver and find one on the free agent receiver on the market.
It just makes too much sense at this point to target someone else to take Hester’s place. There needs to be a changing of the guard and more legitimate options added to Jay Cutler’s arsenal. Hester’s potential definitely doesn’t fit the near term or long term plans of the Chicago Bears.
If the Bears cut Hester they would be on the hook for around $833,333 in signing bonus a relatively easy sum of money to swallow. There is simply a need to add more weapons to the offense and Hester doesn’t fit into any role on the offense no matter what his open field ability looked like at one point in his career.