Falcons sign Devin Hester


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.

58 responses to “Falcons sign Devin Hester

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

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

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

  4. 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”?

  5. 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!

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

  7. Window in Atlanta closed after 2012 season.

    With Gonzalez now gone, its officially closed.

    Grasping for straws at this point.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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).

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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….

  20. 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.

  21. 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??

  22. 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.

  23. 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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