Devin Hester: ‘I want to retire as a Bear’

Devin Hester

Three-time Pro Bowl return man Devin Hester wants to know soon if he’s in the Chicago Bears future plans.

Hester will be an unrestricted free agent after earning $2,107,523 in the final year of his contract.

“I really want to know right away,” Hester said following the Bears’ 33-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers, per ESPNChicago.com. “I am the type of guy, I don’t want to go through the whole offseason not knowing where I am going to be at. I want to retire as a Bear. I put in too much hard work here and did a lot of things around here. I am pretty sure the fans want me back, so who knows.”

Hester is unsure of the Bears’ offseason intentions.

“To be honest, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hester said. “It really hurts walking off the field knowing that this could be my last time wearing a Chicago Bears uniform. It’s the most hurtful feeling that I have right now. This is where I was born and raised (as an NFL player). It’s not like I played three years somewhere else or six years somewhere else, but I know this is a business.

“Everything I had in me I left it all on the field tonight. We just came up short.”

Hester finished 2013 with a 27.7 yard average on kickoff returns and 14.2 yard average on punt returns, including an 81-yard touchdown.

The Bears have a long-list of prominent players with expiring contracts: Quarterback Jay Cutler, cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings, defensive linemanCorey Wootton, safety Major Wright, center Roberto Garza, linebacker James Anderson and left guard Matt Slauson.

Defensive end Julius Peppers is also unsure of his future.  He is under contract through 2015, but will likely count $18,183,333 against the Bears’ salary cap next season.

“I’m not sure, I don’t know [what’s going to happen],” Peppers said. “I’m in a contract. You’ll need to talk to a decision-maker about that.”

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