Falcons Release Devin Hester; Veteran Reportedly Has No Retirement Plans

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Devin Hester’s time in Atlanta is over, but he hopes his carer isn’t done.

The Falcons on Tuesday released the veteran wide receiver and kick returner after he spent two seasons with the club.

Hester turns 34 in November, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported that Hester still has interest in playing.

If Hester is to land another job, he’ll have to prove he can stay healthy. He appeared in just five games last season with the Falcons.

When he was on the field, Hester wasn’t the game-changing returner he’s been known as throughout his career. His 4.3 yards per punt return was by far the lowest average of his career — a far cry from the 13.3 yards he averaged in 2014 — although his kick return average was right around his career average. Hester couldn’t find the end zone, either, for just the fourth time in his 10 NFL seasons.

He literally was a non-factor in the passing game, too, going catchless for just the second time in his career. That’s a far cry from 2014, when he actually played a big role in the Atlanta offense with 38 catches for 504 yards with two touchdowns. Hester was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl in 2014.

Thumbnail photo via Jeremy Brevard/USA TODAY Sports Images

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