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Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hester, Lovie Smith to reunite in Tampa?

By Pat Yasinskas

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.