When Hester first joined the NFL he did so as a defensive back, he excelled on special teams and eventually the Chicago Bears moved him to wide receiver hoping that an increase in his touches would result in more points. With former Bears coach Lovie Smith gone, Hester operated only as a return man last season averaging 27.6 yards on kickoff returns and 14.2 yards per punt return with a touchdown.
Currently Hester is sitting on 19 career return touchdowns, tied with Deion Sanders for the most in NFL history.
Hester’s role with the Falcons beyond the return game is unknown. He would be a significant upgrade for the Falcons over last years options of Jacquizz Rodgers and Robert McClain.
Kansas City and Tampa Bay were two of the other teams who had previously expressed interest in Hester.