Today one fellow got signed like I said he would a while back while another is threatening to boycott Training Camp if he doesn’t get shown the money very soon.
According to Brad Biggs at the Chicago Sun Times, Kick Return Phenom turned wide receiver Devin Hester is unhappy with his contract and may skip training camp in a huff.
Now, what that means is, he’ll have to work hard to overcome Brandon Lloyd and self-proclaimed #1 WR Marty Booker later on.
Considering the two names I just typed, Hester’s threat is a real one. While I am dubious as to his value as a wide receiver Hester is the most dynamic thing in a Bears uni, so they need to get him into camp. I don’t think he should be asking for giant boatloads of cash, but making sure the only highlight you have had the last several years is happy, secure and a BEAR, is pretty vital. I think the Bears may need to blink here, though once the penalties for missed camp hit, Hester may have to get a job at Der Weinerschnitzel or White Castle to get by.
Maybe a team the Bears should look at would be the New Orleans Saints, who signed wide receiver Marques Colston to an extension which has locked him up through 2011. Adam Shefter reported on the NFL Network that the Saints were only too happy to keep Colston smiling. While he has been dinged up on occasion, he is a great target for Brees and with the addition of Shockey and the (hopeful) return to health of Reggie Bush, Colston could find a few less double teams coming his way. We haven’t heard the terms yet but whatever it was was worth it – you can’t put a price on your best target (well, clearly you CAN but you can’t always be cheap about it).
Colston has the potential to be a top 5 Fantasy reciever this year and if he’s healthy could challenge for the top spot.
Getting back to Hester – while the guy isn’t worth Colston money (again, whatever that is), he’s the best thing the Bears have offensively. If he blows town or really holds out, they could be in trouble.
I wouldn’t pay him like a top offensive weapon but I would make sure he leaves the table as happy as I could make him.
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