Devin Hester Won't Play for Bears in 2014

1-6-14 Lovie Smith A.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1394092803377Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images (CHICAGO) -- Dynamic punt returner and wide receiver Devin Hester won't be back with the Chicago Bears in 2014. Hester will become an unrestricted free agent after eight seasons in the windy city. "From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," Hester told the NFL Network on Wednesday.

"All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They've always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn't have played for a better city than those guys. At the end of my career, I do want to retire as a member of the Bears."

The three-time Pro Bowler tied Hall of Famer Deon Sanders' NFL record with 19 returns for touchdowns last season and brought back 13 of them for punt returns.

"To all my Chicago people ... I can't thank you all enough for my time in Chicago," Hester posted later on his Facebook page. "I've always said I wanted to retire a Chicago Bear but sometimes things don't work out the way we would like. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart and if I am fortunate enough to break the return record, we will have all broken it together ... no matter where I am. Thank you again and God Bless."

The Bears have signed 10 players who were set to hit the unrestricted free agent market.

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