Dec 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester (23) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Chicago Bears 54-11. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Would The Denver Broncos Consider Giving Devin Hester A Look?


The Denver Broncos special teams was a mess last season, including the return game at times. Trindon Holliday was a hit or miss kind of guy who was benched multiple times throughout the 2013 season due to his poor play. The Broncos would pick up Holliday off of waivers midway through the 2012 season and it proved dividends for the remainder of the season. The 5-foot-5 wide receiver would tally seven 20+ yard returns on kick-off returns and six 20+ yards on punt returns, recording two touchdowns.

This past season however, Holliday would struggle with holding onto the ball, fumbling it five times which forced players like Wes Welker and Eric Decker to assume the punt return role for John Fox’s club. Which brings to topic should the Denver Broncos consider bringing in free-agent Devin Hester? Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that Devin Hester will in fact hit the free-agent market as the Chicago Bears have not attempted to resign the premier returner.

The All-Pro returner is known for taking kicks and punts to the house as he has accumulated 18 career returns for touchdowns (5 kick, 13 punt). Last season, he would have 43 returns for 20+ yards while having 40 returns for 40+ yards. He did have some fumbling issues last season with five on the year but only had one fumble during the 2012 season.

There has been some indication from former Bears beat reporter Dan Pompei saying Hester could be leaning to going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the idea of giving Hester a look and bringing him to Denver could potentially be a big boost for the 2014 season. Granted, the Broncos have other needs to fill in the offseason such as their secondary which took a hit late in the season with Rahim Moore going down, watching Hester return kick for the Broncos would be an honor. Although right now it’s unlikely Denver would look into this, I wouldn’t be surprised to see if they in fact had interest down the road in Hester.

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