Frequent End Zone Visitor Appears: Devin Hester has completed his untimely two-day vacation away from the gridiron and arrived at Olivet Nazarene University, reporting to camp earlier this Friday morning with high hopes of receiving a new contract. “Deep down inside I said, ‘This is my team’ and I felt bad not being here,” Hester said. “I don’t want to be too far behind. I’m one of the players that needs to be here, so that’s why I’m here.”
GM Jerry Angelo has been involved in numerous chats with Hester’s agent, Eugene Parker, and expects to reach a new deal by this weekend. Parker indicated the possibility that Hester would entertain a holdout, but Angelo didn’t take the threat too seriously. Now that Hester is ready to suit up, the team quickly reinserted him back in to the training camp roster and said goodbye to tight end Marcus Stone.
Angelo Speaks: Meanwhile on Thursday, ESPN1000 talked with the Bears shot caller Jerry Angelo, and he sounded very confident and believes “good news” is soon to transpire. Still, yet it’s unknown whether a new contract has been put together already or if both sides have just continued the negotiating process. “We’re optimistic and we want to reward Devin,” Angelo said. “We told him that, he’s earned that. He doesn’t have to tell us how great he is. Or tell us any stats. We’ve all seen it for ourselves.”
Final Thoughts/Conclusion: Both Hester and Angelo know that a deal should/has to be made and it would be smart to get it done relatively soon, so the business talks can be put aside and so football can be put back into its proper place – front and center. The new contract should not be an issue and I believe the whole situation will all be forgotten once Hester signs because it’s a non-factor as of now with both sides having little trouble seeing eye-to-eye. It’s crystal clear Hester’s demands and dispute for a new deal are totally reasonable, you know, I know, and so does Mr. Angelo. His return is something special: “I think it’s great,” said special teams coordinator Dave Toub. “It’s great for him. I think it’s going to up-lift everybody, kind of like when [Brian] Urlacher came in during OTAs and lifted the whole spirit of practice. I think that’ll be the same thing when he comes.”
Expect no delay or hesitation, look for the Windy City Flyer to sign on the dotted line no later than Sunday and to get what he deserves – a new deal that pays him his worth. His value to the team is indispensable and in order for the team to move on and get back to getting ready for the upcoming season, signing the NFL’s greatest return man should be atop their list of priorities. It’s simple to see this is a no-brainer, and a complete victory for both the Bears and Hester if they come to terms, so let’s not complicate the process – he has outplayed his contract and his impact on the playing field is second to none on this squad.
More Hester: Hester was asked if he will practice at training camp without a new contract.
“Excuse me?” Hester answered. The question was repeated.
“I have no comment on that,” Hester said.
Progress In Getting New Deal: “Like Jerry said, they really don’t [negotiate] with players who aren’t here,” Hester said. “We’re in the process of getting it done and I’m hoping we get it done sometime this week.”“I talked to Jerry and coach Lovie and everything seems like it’s trying to work out in the right order and we’re starting to hear what we like,” Hester said.
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