The Seattle Seahawks are signing Devin Hester to a short-term contract. The 34-year-old veteran return specialist gets a chance to prove he can still contribute to an NFL team after being released by the Baltimore Ravens last December.
Hester will be eligible to play for the Seahawks where they open their 2017 postseason against the Detroit Lions for the NFL wild card matchup on Saturday, January 7.
Seahawks are signing return maven Devin Hester for the playoffs.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 4, 2017
Devin Hester expected to get chance to help Seahawks in 2017 NFL Playoffs
Reports state that Hester will get his opportunity to be Seattle’s primary return man with the injury to Tyler Locket. The latter got hurt in their December 24 game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Seahawks star corner Richard Sherman assumed the return role in their season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, but the team does not want to risk their top cornerback for any injuries in the postseason.
Hester is a veteran of 11 years playing for the Chicago Bears (2006 to 2013), Atlanta Falcons (2014 to 2015) and the Ravens. He is best known as a return specialist and made a successful move to wide receiver in recent seasons.
The four-time NFL Pro Bowler is still considered as one of the best return specialists in the history of the league. The veteran could be a dangerous weapon for the Seahawks in the 2017 postseason. Hester holds the record for all-time return touchdowns (20 total) and punt return touchdowns (14).
According to other reports, the New England Patriots also tried to explore signing Hester. But was not convinced he can contribute to their playoffs campaign this year.
Aside from Devin Hester, the Seahawks have Paul Richardson and J.D. McKissic but the veteran returner is likely to get more opportunity than both in the postseason.
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