With the Baltimore Ravens in need of return help to start the 2016 season, they turned to one of the NFL’s all-time greats. The Ravens brought former Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons return ace Devin Hester in for a workout on Friday and they apparently liked what they saw.
The Ravens signed Hester to a one-year deal on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. And now Hester will have a chance to expand upon his NFL record for career return touchdowns.
Pro-Bowl return man Devin Hester has agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, league source tells ESPN. Hester will sign today.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2016
Now entering his 11th year in the NFL, the 33-year-old Hester was originally a second-round pick out of Miami in the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent his first eight seasons with the Bears, where he became one of the most dynamic players in the game while returning 18 punts and kicks for touchdowns.
In his first season with Atlanta in 2014, Hester still proved to be a reliable weapon, leading the NFL in kick return yardage and adding his 19th return TD on a punt. However, in 2015, he played just five games due to injury.
At his age, he’s far from the player he was when he took 11 punts and kicks back in his first two seasons in the NFL. However, he gives the Ravens return experience and some depth at wide receiver, where he has hauled in 255 catches for 3,311 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career.