Posted: 10:18 am Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Devin Hester is visiting with the Falcons today 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Devin Hester has 18 career touchdowns as a returner in the NFL. (Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press.)

With the Falcons looking to spruce up their return game, they are meeting with former Chicago Bears returner Devin Hester today, according to his agent Eugene Parker.

“He is in Atlanta,” Parker told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.

The Falcons, per their policy, declined to comment about the report. The affable Parker also represents running back Steven Jackson.

NFL media’s Ian Rapoport first reported the visit without citing a source.

Over the weekend, there was a report that the Falcons had Trindon Holliday in for a visit. He was not signed to a contract and agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants on Monday, according to the Denver Post.

Hester, 31, who played at the University of Miami, has also told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he would love to play for the Dolphins.

Hester led the league in kickoff return yardage last season and was used in a limited role as a punt returner.

Jacquizz Rodgers handled the kickoff return duties last season and Robert McClain was the main punt returner. The Falcons finished 10th in kickoff-return average (24.4 yards) and 20th in punts (8.2 yards) in 2013.

The dangerous Hester has returned 13 punts and five kickoffs for touchdowns over his career.

37 comments
TreeRollins
TreeRollins

He's on the radio now and apparently we want him. Weird, never known this regime to care about kick returns! Possibly the influence of the new front office guys?

But I also hear we're cutting loose Harry Douglas and Matt Bryant!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

The Falcons have not had anyone capable of returning kicks sine Allen Rossum in 2006! Why start now?

TruthSpeaketh
TruthSpeaketh

These clowns are clueless! We need DEFENSE!!! We don't need Devin Hester.

falcon82111
falcon82111

vaughn mcclure the beat writer that covers the falcons for espn just posted on twitter that sources close to hester said that he is still in ATL and is very much in play for falcons.TD just don't over pay but would love this move at right price

lap80
lap80

How about some D...and to HELL with the aints.

Dman
Dman

The only reason I can see to sign this guy is to make sure he doesn't break Dione's return TD record. We don't need a kickoff returner and sure don't need a wide receiver.

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

It would be interesting to see if Dirk could use this guy on offense.

Wilbert
Wilbert

No Punter Returner is needed unless the defensive team is effective.

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

Reminds me of when the Falcons signed Billy White Shoes Johnson in the 80's.  

Johnthedon13
Johnthedon13

Well we all know what the Saints players do extremely well, too bad they do it against their will and while the woman are heavily sedated on drugs.....

Flacons_go_2-14
Flacons_go_2-14

Tipical 4 Dummytroff 2 brig this guy in 1nce is over the hill. U no it will be a vrey log season

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

@seen thatb4 ..you seem awfully concerned about the falcons...turn your worries to the hated aints as the clean house for your  aging quaterbacks millions...instead of being on a atlanta falcons and Atlanta newspaper you need to be concerned...dont worry about here in the Atl..trust me we hate the aints and could care less about them...

gfw
gfw

We would be upgrading with this move, no doubt.  The real question is what you pay a guy who will probably inch your return average up a bit, and who will be 32 on Nov. 4.  Obviously, he (and his agent) aren't looking for a 1-year contract.  As has been said by others here, if we're talking about multi-millions here, I'd rather see that money go to an impact player on defense.  Now if we were talking about Hester 5 years ago, that would be a different story.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

WELL IF THE FALCONS GET HIM ON THE CHEAP WHY NOT? HE STILL IS A DANGEROUS RETURN MAN. GUYS WITH HESTER'S TALENT, CAN WIN A GAME OR TWO FOR YOU. I WANT THE FALCONS TO LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED....

falconfever
falconfever

Waste of time and money. With our (d) How many punt returns will there be. Most k/o's go out of the end zone

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

Ya know, there's only two things the falcan'ts do exceptionally well:  Number 1, they lose playoffs game and Number 2, they sign over the hill free agents that never amount to their billing.  

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

ConradsFolly
ConradsFolly

Richard,

Couldnt agree more.  He is getting old and has lost a step.  Paying him 3-4M would be a huge mistake.  Quite frankly, as much as our return game needs help, we have bigger needs at OLB and FS.  Why not use that money to bring in Shaun Phillips???? The perfect mentor to our young LB corps, wont command big $$ and still knows a thing or two about getting to the QB.

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

His best years are behind him.  But with that said, I don't want him going to Tampa either...  they are loading up!  He'll end up in TB and reunite with Lovie.

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

Terrible idea for the Falcons or anyone else.  With the NFL's commitment to player safety (read: lawsuit reduction) (read: wussification) paying for a kick returner is pure insanity.

On a 1-year deal for $1.5 million?  Fine.  Anything more than that, and they should pass without hesitation.

seedman
seedman

He is 31, his best chance of getting a ring out of tampa, miami and atlanta is the ATL.

If he is wise he would sign with us. But I would not overpay for this guy.  He is however somewhat of a playmaker which we desperately lack on this team.


Seedman

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Dont know how you let Holliday get out of town unless he was asking you to back up the truck! Hester does not want to play for the Falcons.......he has mentioned Tampa, Miami and did not want to leave Chicago! So good luck with signing this guy.........

4DaBirds
4DaBirds

Sign this guy. He'd be useful as a slot receiver as well.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

@TheRealJay  I'd still say pass.  He's still got some life in those legs but other than using him to run the ball on a reverse, he's rather useless.  Hester is brutal to watch playing at WR.

Dman
Dman

BEAST MODE

GABOY4LIFE
GABOY4LIFE

@SeenThatB4   You can say what you want about the Atlanta Falcons; but one thing you can't say is that our team never stunk so bad, and sunk so low, to where we had to put Paper Brown Sacks over our heads for being to embarrassed to represent the team. Can the Aints say the same? I think not. GEAUX AINTS!

TheRealJay
TheRealJay

@AnsweredTHIS Actually it's been reported by several outlets that he would like to play in a dome and in Atlanta. That doesn't mean he actually does want to play here, but that is what he has said.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

@GABOY4LIFE

Hmmm, well there is something that the Saints can say: They have won the Super Bowl.  Can the falcan'ts say the same thing?   I think not.   

GEAUX SAINTS!!!

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