New Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester has really found his feet in Atlanta.
In March, Hester signed a three year, $9million contract after not being offered a new deal by his former employers, the Chicago Bears.
This weekend the Falcons host the Bears, and after spending eight seasons with the Bears you can forgive Hester for having an axe to grind, especially after he proclaimed last season, that he wanted to finish his career with the Bears.
Hester is still bitter
Hester has every reason to be pleased, as this season, he is back to his best. He now holds the NFL record for most combined punt return and kick off returns for a touchdown, and so far this season he averages 14.4 yards per punt return and 24.2 yards per kick off return.
In addition, even with the likes of Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas, Hester is a popular target for Matt Ryan, catching 14 passes fro 212 yards and a touchdown.
But, instead of being overly pleased about how things are going with his new team, he is still bothered by the Bears decision to not offer him a new contract and how they handled the situation in general:
"It bothers you when your contract's up and the team doesn't offer you anything," Hester said. He continued: "They didn't offer me no contract. They didn't call me or nothing. They didn't call me period, pretty much."
Brian Urlacher, who was teammates with Hester for the past eight seasons in Chicago paid tribute to Hester, saying he was a great teammate:
"Devin was a great teammate," Urlacher said. "Devin was fun. He was fun in the locker room. He was fun at practice because he would yap, which kept practice fun. You know how practice would be boring and stuff, especially during training camp. And Devin was competitive, so it made it more fun to go against him every day. You didn't want him catching balls. You didn't want to get juked and look stupid. It was competitive, but you could yap back at Devin because you knew it wasn't going to go beyond that."
Hester and Cutler!?
This raises the question of why the Bears released Hester in the first place. Obviously he wasn't performing like the Hester of old but he still had moments where he blew up.
It's believed Hester had a questionable relationship with star QB Jay Cutler, which may have been the real reason for Hester's cutting. Urlacher weighed in on the idea:
"To be honest, I was doing my thing on defense. I just know that Devin didn't get enough plays on offense. I'm not sure if that was because of Jay or because of the situation.
"It's obvious Devin can go off on offense, like what he's done in Atlanta, being used properly and being looked for as a target. I honestly can't say that they blackballed him there in Chicago because I don't know. I just know the last couple of years, he was a returner -- one of the most explosive guys in the NFL being used as just a returner."