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Will Hester excel with Falcons?

Devin Hester's supremely dangerous days as a return man might be over, but the former Chicago Bear isn't done. The Atlanta Falcons made sure of that Thursday, signing the 31-year-old to a three-year deal as they attempt to bounce back from a dismal 2013 campaign. Is Hester still elite? Where should he play for the Falcons? Cast your votes below!

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  • What position(s) should Devin Hester play for the Falcons 2014?

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  • How many games will the Falcons (4-12 in 2013) win in 2014?

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Bears, Hester part ways

Devin Hester has been the Bears' trump card since 2006, returning a record-tying 19 kicks and punts for touchdowns over the course of his career. They won't be bringing him back next season, however: Hester said on Wednesday that the team has decided to ''go a different route'' with him. Hester will be one of the more intriguing free agents on the market, as he offers the potential of a game-changing play every time he handles a return. His value has been downgraded, however, by the rule change shortening kickoffs. It's difficult to return a ball that lands 10 yards out of bounds.

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  • Will Devin Hester ever score another return touchdown in the NFL?

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1. Is there someone worse Matt Dodge could have kicked to?

Didn't we just say that if we learned anything from Sunday's NFL action it's kick the ball out of bounds? The Vikings did that for much of Monday's game against the Bears, but Devin Hester made them pay when they didn't. Hester's 14th return TD set a new NFL record, but is he more fearsome than DeSean Jackson? Punt return quiz!

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Even for someone who went to a smart-kid school like Vanderbilt, Jay Cutler seems mighty eager to hand out grades. First, he seemed to assess Chicago fans as a "nine," compared to a mere "six" for Denver fans. Then on more of a pass-fail scale, he seemed ready to flunk new teammate Devin Hester in interception prevention after the receiver didn't save a preseason pick. All of this from a guy who seemed to get bent out of shape when the new Broncos regime didn't treat him like team valedictorian.

We're not saying it all adds up to a bad sign for fans in the Windy City, but, well, actually we kind of are saying that. Sure, Peyton Manning had his "idiot kicker" moment and Tom Brady occasionally is photographed holding goats, but Cutler's summer hasn't seemed the stuff of a calm, cool and collected franchise quarterback whom SportsNation recently ranked ahead of Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers, among others.

Should Bears fans be worried about their supposed savior?

daboondocks

training camp's not even done and Cutler's at it again, throwing another teammate under the bus. as great as this guy is, he's EGO is even bigger.

-- DaBOONDOCKS
bob-edwards

I am not a Cutler fan, I would have preferred da Bears kept Kyle Orton. That being said, when I read the "critical" quote it seems to me that Cutler was critizing himself not Hester. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

-- bob-edwards
kobesux123

Is this guy ever going to just shut his mouth and just play? Dude you are not the 2nd coming of Joe Montana or whatever, you are a QB that has a great arm, no leadership skills and cannot ever admit it when he's wrong. Him and T.O. should be on the same team.

-- kobesux123

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