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Chicago Bears kick returner Devin Hester closed out an emotionally draining 2012 season by informing reporters that he would consider retirement this offseason.

After a month of introspection, Hester now believes he would benefit from a "fresh start" while playing two or three more years.

Frustrated that coaches have been unsuccessful in carving out an offensive package similar to Randall Cobb's in Green Bay, Hester no longer wants to play wide receiver if he stays in Chicago.

The 30-year-old has been accused of being mentally and emotionally weak because he tends to check out of games if he's not heavily involved. Hester acknowledged as much over the weekend.

"I know some of the plays I should have made in terms of catching the ball. But I just wasn't feeling it," Hester explained. "My mind wasn't there the majority of the time."

With a new regime in town, the time is right for the Bears to turn the page on their overpaid return specialist. Hester readily admits the "possibility" that he could seek a trade. Due for a sizable (prohibitive?) roster bonus this offseason, Hester might not even be afforded that opportunity.
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Where could you see Hester playing next season? I think he could still be a nice little addition to some offenses, but he's got one hell of a contract.
 

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His mind wasn't there? I don't think there's much room at the skill positions in this league for a guy who just doesn't get himself mentally prepared to play.
 

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He would be out of the league if it wasn't for his return skills, although some of that success also needs be attributed to the special teams units in Chicago over the years. He isn't going to bring anything special to the table as a wide receiver.
 

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Cobb is more than just his physical attributes. He went over the middle, ran the wildcat, and was a good blocker in college. No one else is going to pay Hester.
 

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I can't imagine he's got much value in terms of trade, I think it's more likely he gets cut. If that happens I see him catching on somewhere. I don't know why he doesn't at least see how the new coach views him, especially considering he's known as an offensive guy. It's not like Lovie's coming back and it's the same thing just a different year.
 

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How many years does a 30 yr old kick returner have left? One or two?

Dante Hall was the shit for like 3 years then he fell off hard. Wouldn't trade a draft pick for Hester unless it's in round 6 or 7.
 

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How many years does a 30 yr old kick returner have left? One or two?

Dante Hall was the shit for like 3 years then he fell off hard. Wouldn't trade a draft pick for Hester unless it's in round 6 or 7.
That's what I was thinking. I cant think of too many teams that would pay huge money to a KR who can't play receiver and that probably has his best days behind him.


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