No more magical Hester returns in Chicago
No more magical Hester returns in Chicago.

Chicago Bears to release return-wizard Devin Hester

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This truly is the end of an era. The Chicago Bears are set to release Devin Hester.

It looks like we have seen the last of the punt/kick returning phenom in a Bears uniform.

Ian Rapaport reported it, but the move had really been on the cards for a while. Hester's stats were down and his production wasn't at the same level that it has been in his eight season as a Bear.

Hester, who joined the Bears in 2006 after the team drafted him in the second round as a cornerback, has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times for his exploits fielding punts and kickoffs.

He shares the record for the most combined return touchdowns in NFL history (19) with Deion Sanders.

Hester can still provide life to a special teams unit on any team in the league, but it appears that salary and contract length could be an issue.

Whilst there hasn't been any official statement released, it looks like his days in Chicago are over. Hester's close to selling his Chicago home, and the rumors of him going to play for Lovie Smith at the Bucs have abounded ever since Smith got the head coaching job in January

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