Hester, Lovie Smith to reunite in Tampa?

March, 6, 2014
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Devin Hester said Wednesday he won’t be returning to the Chicago Bears. That leads to instant speculation that the record-setting return man could reunite with coach Lovie Smith in Tampa Bay.

"I look at Lovie as my No. 1 coach right now because he's the one that took a chance on me coming out of the draft," Hester said. "He has all my respect so if he's a guy that is going to shoot at me and want me to come play with him again, my arms are open."

I’ve got a feeling Smith's arms also could be open. Tampa Bay's return game with Eric Page last season was ordinary. Smith puts a premium on special teams.

Hester might be the best return man ever. The Bucs should have a shot at him in free agency and landing Hester could invigorate the special teams.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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