Just when the Chicago Bears had finally squared away Brian Urlacher’s contract concerns, another Monster of the Midway is making a distraction by demanding a new deal.
(”I want this much in bonus money!“)
Mike Mulligan of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES reports that Devin Hester did not report to training camp before Tuesday night’s midnight deadline, nor did he show up for any team meetings Wednesday morning. As of 3 p.m. this afternoon, the ace kick returner is now officially a holdout.
Hester has two years remaining on the four-year, $2.86 million deal he signed as a second round pick back in 2006, but his agent has been trying to negotiate a new contract extension.
Mulligan explains what the Bears will be without for the time being:
In just two seasons, Hester has 11 return touchdowns, already the fourth most in league history. He has scored 13 return touchdowns, counting the 108-yard scoring return of a missed field goal and the fastest touchdown ever in a Super Bowl when he scored on the opening kickoff against Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLI.
Hester also had two touchdowns on offense last season when he made 20 catches for 299 yards with a 15.0 average per catch. His 14 regular-season touchdowns in the last two years is tops on the team.
So, Chicago’s only real source of offensive output isn’t even in camp. Should be a great season. At least Bears fans still have Rex Grossman to cheer on.