Devin Hester will call a new city home next season after spending the first eight years of his career in Chicago.
Hester is confident it won’t take long for him to find a new team to play for and art of the reason for that confidence is how highly he thinks of his abilities on the field. Hester spoke to Emerson Lotzia ESPN 106.3 FM in West Palm Beach, Fla. ahead of free agency and said he feels he’s the league’s best all-around player.
“Me,” Hester stated bluntly when asked. “I can go and play corner, I can go and play receiver, I can play running back, and I can play a little bit of safety, as well as kickoff and punt returner.”
Hester has been an outstanding kick and punt returner but has had trouble finding a consistent home on either offense or defense. He began his career as a cornerback before switching sides of the ball to play receiver as well for the Bears. His best season offensively came in 2009 when he caught 57 passes for 757 yards and three touchdowns.
However, he’s never been a top-level player as anything other than a return specialist.
Despite a somewhat overly inflated opinion of his talents, Hester is still a valuable player that can be an asset to the right team.
Hester claims he has “at least 15 teams” already interested in him and it will be a matter of finding the team that provides the best fit.