After a disheartening 21-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis Sunday, the Chicago Bears, losers of 4 of their last 5 games, obviously have just too many gaping holes in their supposedly revamped roster. Other than 101 catch, 1,342 yard, 9 touchdown-grabbing No. 1 wide out Brandon Marshall, the receiving corps surrounding him, particularly Devin Hester, is once again a league laughing stock.
Chicago's second round draft pick in 2006 from former college football factory the University of Miami, "Hurricane" Hester quickly made a name for himself as a prolific punt and kickoff return specialist. He presently holds the NFL's all time record for most career combined special teams return touchdowns: 18 (12 punts, 5 kickoffs, 1 missed field goal).
Although Chicago will never forget the excitement and enthusiasm Hester's record setting returns injected into the Windy City, Bears fans can also no longer over look the fact that No. 23 hasn't taken one to the house since November 13th 2011. His abysmal 2012 wide receiver numbers, 23 catches for 242 yards and just one touchdown coupled with his unforgivable drop of what would have been and should have been a 23 yard game tying touchdown grab within the comfy climate controlled Minnesota Metrodome Sunday afternoon should seal his status as off season trade fodder.
With the inevitable emergence of big-bodied rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery who's injury riddled first season ultimately did not materialize on the field as the organization anticipated and Earl Bennett, Jay Cutler's sure handed second option, the Bears should definitely deal Hester before training camp 2013 opens.
After seven seasons in the Windy City and more than a calendar year since his last special teams touchdown, No. 23's trade value is decreasing by the day. The time has come to move Mr. Hester. In order to bolster the Bears awful offensive line, GM Phil Emery should offer up the formerly relentless return man extraordinaire for some mid to late round draft picks.
Like any other high stakes, big money conglomerate the NFL operates under the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" business model. Unfortunately for Devin Hester and his fans he hasn't done much, if anything to warrant even another practice field snap in a Chicago Bears jersey.