(Revised by Site Editor Russ Loede) Windy City Flyer Signed Through 2013: The Bears and return stud/WR Devin Hester have agreed to a four-year extension. The new contract features a maximum value of $40 million to along with $15 million in guaranteed money. The deal includes escalators of $10 million in each of the final two years, which Hester can achieve via receptions, yardage and other totals. Hester’s agent, Eugene Parker, has been in Chicago talking to the team since Friday when Hester ended his very short holdout.
Time To Shine: The best return man the NFL has to offer returned to the practice field Sunday, after taking a few days off, as he claimed he had a tight hamstring that kept him off the field. Albeit, it seems like the hamstring suddenly feels a lot better, after beating cornerback Charles Tillman for an impressive, deep touchdown connection with Rex Grossman. With that being said, Hester’s deal is now finalized, which means the Bears can move on, as they ultimately have their biggest and most important (only?) playmaker ready to make plays and produce game-changing touchdowns not only in ’08 – but for plenty of years to come.
Hester Relieved Process Is Over: “I’m just happy I can come out there and play ball now,” said the All-Pro return specialist. “I don’t have to worry about any contract now. I can come out and do my thing and play ball.” “I told Jerry it’s a tough situation for me,” Hester said. “Every day I’m out here it’s killing me not to be out there. I said it’s so important for me to be out there because I know I’m losing a lot. So if we figure out a way to come up with a deal and get it going, then let’s play ball.” “I think the Bears have a lot of faith in me and they feel that I can do a lot of things on the offensive side of the ball, so they rewarded me,” Hester said. “They reward the players that step up and make plays and, fortunately, I’m one of the lucky guys that got chosen to get a new contract, and I’m happy with it.”
GM Jerry Angelo: “You know how important it is; I said that from the day I got here.” “Talk is cheap. We put teeth into it. The good news is the players we have here want to be Bears. Certainly they want their money—we’re all understanding of that—but they also make the commitment to me, to Lovie and to our fans that they want to be Bears.”
Coach Lovie Smith: “We’re going to ask him to be in on a lot more plays this year. He has to be in top shape,” “We will tax his body a little bit more this year.”
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