“For the past eight seasons we have been honored to have Devin Hester as a part of our organization,” general manager Phil Emery said in a statement released by the team. “While Devin has redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position in the NFL, the memories and contributions he has given us cannot be measured by stats or numbers.
“Not only is Devin a special player, he is also an exceptional person. He is a great teammate, husband and father. Devin represented the organization off the field as well as he did on it. When his career is over, he will always be a welcome member of the Bears family. We thank him for his dedication and wish him and his family all the best.”
Hester publicized the Bears’ intentions Wednesday night in an interview on NFL Network and has accepted he will have to continue his career elsewhere.