BOURBONNAIS, Ill.--Now we will see first hand the magical healing powers of a new contract.
Bears coach Lovie Smith said Saturday night that wide receiver and prized return man Devin Hester looked ready after he caught some punts on the side during practice.
Hester may indeed be ready now that the star is on the verge of signing a new contract, a source close to the negotiation told the Sun-Times. It is expected to be finalized soon and Hester will sign a six-year deal which adds four new years for him. He was signed through 2009. The breakthrough is expected to be announced soon. It comes two days after Hester reported to training camp following a brief two-day holdout to prove his point that he was serious about getting a new contract and getting it soon.
Hester is on the non-football injury list with a hamstring pull. He failed his physical when he reported for camp and is eligible to come off the list at any time. The Bears practice at 3 p.m. today. Hester had made it clear he was not going to practice until a new contract was in place. The Bears made it known they were not going to negotiate with him until he arrived at camp. Hester got here in the wee hours Friday and a deal materialized Sunday morning.