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Falcons sign Devin Hester

Devin Hester, Whitney Mercilus AP

Devin Hester is heading to Atlanta.

Hester, who became perhaps the best return man in NFL history during his eight years in Chicago, has agreed to a new contract with the Falcons. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it’s a three-year deal.

The 31-year-old Hester is the NFL’s all-time record holder in kick return touchdowns, and last year he led the league in kickoff return yards. Hester has also played wide receiver and even played some cornerback early in his NFL career, but the Bears had him exclusively on special teams last year, and that will presumably be his role in Atlanta as well.

Last year the Falcons had Jacquizz Rodgers returning kickoffs and Robert McClain and Harry Douglas returning punts. Hester should provide an upgrade to Atlanta’s special teams.

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58 Responses to “Falcons sign Devin Hester”
  1. lonespeed says: Mar 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    “We vote ‘NO’ on moving the kick-off to the 40-yard-line,” said Atlanta Falcons.

  2. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    Absolute Great signing!!!!!!

  3. chinahand11 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:22 PM

    Hester will be fine. He hasn’t lost a step and if he ever does, he has a few he can lose and still play pro ball.

  4. andrewluck12 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    That’s not Tampa?!

  5. kane337 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:23 PM

    Hellz Yeah!!! #RiseUp

  6. redbullenergydrink says: Mar 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    I wonder how much his contract is worth.

  7. wawa33 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    And tomorrow, Mr. Magoo Arthur Blank, will vote to ban kickoffs.

  8. kanemoney says: Mar 20, 2014 3:24 PM

    If he got the 4mil he was after, shame on the Falcons

  9. salscobrakai says: Mar 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    With the new 40 yard line kickoff Hester may never see the field went Atlanta plays the Saints.

  10. ravenswhat says: Mar 20, 2014 3:25 PM

    lol. I’m shaking my head and laughing. Devin will be WORTHLESS when teams kick from the 40.

    3 year deal?? Holy…

  11. FlashPatterson says: Mar 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    $4 mil a year?

  12. ovaw8lova says: Mar 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    All I want to know is “how much is the deal?”

  13. fugginswheat says: Mar 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    Did he get his 4 mil?

  14. ethanhulk says: Mar 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    How long before he holds out for “receiver money” and then refuses to play the position?

  15. kd75 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    Not for $4 mil/yr I bet.

  16. kabasaman says: Mar 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    Good luck Devin: Always will be a “Great Bear”. In history and in Bear fans hearts.

  17. cursedvikings1998 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:29 PM

    Noooooooo!!!!!!!!

  18. skippynj says: Mar 20, 2014 3:31 PM

    Good job meattrough! Falcons-older and slower!

  19. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 20, 2014 3:31 PM

    Trust me….this dude did not get 4 mill!!!! Falcons are one of the smartest in the league.

  20. chicagobtech says: Mar 20, 2014 3:32 PM

    And the Bears play Atlanta this season, in Atlanta. That’s going to be a fun game to watch.

  21. josemm444 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:32 PM

    Crap, this guy regularly torches us.

    Sincerely,

    Loyal Saints fan

  22. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:36 PM

    With the kickoff return becoming even less of a part of the game, why spend money on him?

  23. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:37 PM

    kane337 says:
    Mar 20, 2014 3:23 PM
    Hellz Yeah!!! #RiseUp
    ———–

    I’m a little slow, so how does this help Atlanta ha?

  24. ccjcsr says: Mar 20, 2014 3:38 PM

    1 Trick pony

  25. redandgoldhitman52 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    all you armchair GM’s debating about his 4mil are hilarious. get out of the basement, take a shower.

  26. aceakking says: Mar 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Falcons don’t scare anyone.

  27. jimbo75025 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:39 PM

    Well, congrats to him.

    That being said, has everyone this offseason said, “you know the Falcons are a great return guy away from the Super Bowl”?

  28. chc4 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:40 PM

    No way he got $4m per year. Pipe dream on his part.

  29. Robert says: Mar 20, 2014 3:46 PM

    Great job by the Atlanta Falcon Masters on signing Devin Hester, he will make the field much shorter for Matt Ryan.

    I expect see the Falcons got deep in the playoffs!!!

    Falcon fans have a great owner in Blank!

  30. salimthadream20 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    Great signing depending on the contract but theres no way he got that 4 mil a yr! We havent had a good return man since Eric Weems left!

  31. jebsta16 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:52 PM

    Even with kick offs being at the 40 he is still going to return punts. Punt returns is where has made his legacy.

  32. snookau says: Mar 20, 2014 3:57 PM

    Window in Atlanta closed after 2012 season.

    With Gonzalez now gone, its officially closed.

    Grasping for straws at this point.

  33. snookau says: Mar 20, 2014 3:58 PM

    Is he going to play O-Line or D-Line?

    #EveryonePushesAroundTheFalcons

  34. docsweeney says: Mar 20, 2014 4:00 PM

    Not 4 million a year but he did get a lot of Home Depot gift cards.

  35. chadman128 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:00 PM

    Obviously the Falcons fans have not watched him the last few years. He has lost a major step and while he still comes close to breaking some big ones he makes as many dumb decisions as he does good ones. Add that to the fact the kid is so dumb he cant play WR and what you have here is a very average signing that wont help the Falcons crawl out of last years basement.

  36. ghostof34 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:00 PM

    I am happy for Devin, I think he has little left…but anyone who thinks he hasn’t lost a step is blind. He is still fast, but he lost that one cut and gone burst. Anyone who watched him for eight years as a Bear, game in and game out, knows he’s lost something…not a lot, but that “it” is gone.

  37. texansfalcons says: Mar 20, 2014 4:01 PM

    Stoked!

  38. nwfisch says: Mar 20, 2014 4:08 PM

    Atlanta is trying to recreate the 2012 Bears on offense

    OL coach Mike Tice
    OT Gabe Carimi
    and WR Devin Hester

    LOL, best of luck Matty Ice.

  39. blamatina says: Mar 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    There will be many touchbacks…

    For a team scheduled to play 10 games in a dome this season (8 Home, Away vs. NO, Away vs. Minn). This signing makes Zero sense.

  40. ilovefoolsball says: Mar 20, 2014 4:18 PM

    hartcarluncarlun says:
    Mar 20, 2014 3:31 PM
    Trust me….this dude did not get 4 mill!!!! Falcons are one of the smartest in the league.
    ______
    There is no way you said that with a straight face.

  41. jojopuppyfish says: Mar 20, 2014 4:18 PM

    His best bet was working with David Toub SP coach on Chiefs.
    Hester was a factor in a few games last year. Most of the time he was irrelevant

  42. southsidetommy says: Mar 20, 2014 4:18 PM

    ethanhulk says:
    Mar 20, 2014 3:27 PM

    How long before he holds out for “receiver money” and then refuses to play the position?

    Devin never refused to play the position. In fact he busted his butt to try and get better at it. Problem was, he just wasn’t very good at it. His problem was in reading coverage and knowing what route to run based off said coverage. He had the talent to play the position, just not the head. He got the receiver money because Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo were horrible at evaluating skill players on offense.
    I wish him the best though. He was far and away the best return man the game ever saw. He also did a lot in the community. Here is hoping he takes one to the house next year so I can stop seeing Deion Sanders name mentioned in the same sentence whenever they say Hester has 19 kick returns for touchdowns (Sanders had 19 total returns, most off INT’s).

  43. mrlaloosh says: Mar 20, 2014 4:22 PM

    The Failcants make really dumb decisions. (See: Meek Smith).

  44. sbc85 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:29 PM

    chinahand11 says:
    Mar 20, 2014 3:22 PM
    Hester will be fine. He hasn’t lost a step and if he ever does, he has a few he can lose and still play pro ball.

    ===

    He only had 1 return TD in the last two seasons. I would say that is losing a step.

  45. shinedown37 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:29 PM

    Hester will break a few playing on turf, hopefully he runs one back against the A’ints!

  46. sbc85 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:30 PM

    jebsta16 says:
    Mar 20, 2014 3:52 PM
    Even with kick offs being at the 40 he is still going to return punts. Punt returns is where has made his legacy.

    ===

    Yeah, but that means the Falcons defense actually has to force punts now.

  47. scmems07 says: Mar 20, 2014 4:58 PM

    so they signed a guy who’s part of the game the nfl is trying to take away……was that smart?

  48. whysomanylosers says: Mar 20, 2014 5:00 PM

    how much $$$$?

  49. mcmccii says: Mar 20, 2014 5:38 PM

    Desperate signing by a sinking ship of a team.
    Will anyone be able to challenge the Saints in the South this year?

  50. duck99 says: Mar 20, 2014 6:48 PM

    He has 1 TD in the last two years (31 games). He also has no ability to read a punt anymore and run up and make a fair catch to preserve field position. He will be released after one season.

  51. zinjaboy says: Mar 20, 2014 7:09 PM

    i’m glad to see him leave the nfc north – i don’t care his age or stats. as a packer fan, i covered my eyes every time we kicked it to him.

  52. maninbrown says: Mar 20, 2014 7:48 PM

    They still won’t do JACK in the postseason. Everybody always compares Matt Ryan to Joe Flacco. Lets compare winning percentages in the postseason and SuperBowl rings. Hey Matt, you don’t look so good there.

  53. novoodoo4409 says: Mar 20, 2014 7:51 PM

    I laugh at dumb teams like the Failcants…they will remain SB ringless with moves like this…what a joke of a franchise….

    Saints > Failcants…fact

    Who dat, we dat….

  54. hawksfan30 says: Mar 20, 2014 9:22 PM

    duck99 says: Mar 20, 2014 6:48 PM

    …..He also has no ability to read a punt anymore and run up and make a fair catch to preserve field position.

    ——————-

    This exactly! Any diehard Bears fan will tell you how much Hester annoyed us the past few seasons by letting every other punt (at least) hit the ground.

    Hester was a great Bear and I’ll always appreciate the good things he did in Chicago. But I can’t say that I’m sorry that he’ll be playing somewhere else from now on.

  55. tigersdawgs says: Mar 20, 2014 9:51 PM

    Dumbest move ever! If he was still good, he would not have lasted this long in FA!! Move the kickoff to the 40 and the Falcons D cant stop a high school so when exactly is Hester going to be on the field? A million dollar decoy??

  56. beckzhere says: Mar 20, 2014 10:24 PM

    Even if he isn’t the same player he was a few years ago, he’s still way better than the current KR/PR personnel. For that alone, this signing makes total sense.

  57. motionaway says: Mar 21, 2014 1:44 AM

    That’s a good fit for Hester the molester.

  58. fightinibis says: Apr 2, 2014 12:54 PM

    Where are all of you that had already decided the NFL was moving kickoffs to the 40?

    Nice prediction. It may go there, but not this year…

    Run Devin…Run. Screw the haters. Most prolific return man in NFL history…everything from this point on is just icing.

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