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Hester deal nearly finalized

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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.

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Now the focus will turn to Cris Williams - right now they say it is muscles, but if it turns out to be a longer term structual problem, someone didn't do their job. If this drags into late next week, the Bears will problaby start looking closer at who is or might be available.


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Brad,

What are the "escalators worth? Do you have any breakdown of the years? Seems some are saying $30 million and other $40

thanks and keep up the great reports

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp08/columns/story?columnist=seifert_kevin&id=3507054

Camp News on ESPN -
As to the article, I believe Hester will be our No. 1 -
`Hester learned a small package of offensive plays in 2007 -- reportedly, he was only asked to learn four -- and still caught 20 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns. That performance had Bears coaches salivating over the prospects of what he could do in a full-time role'

I hear Bradley is back on the field - just like the man said he would be. Bradley keeps trying - that says alot.

I keep reading that rookie wide receiver Earl Bennett is catching everything thrown his way. I hope he keeps up the good work and it carries over onto game day. I liked Bennett coming out of Vanderbilt, for one reason, his ability to separate consistently. Also, the fact that Bennett is the SEC all-time leading receiver, with 236 receptions. The fact Bennett caught 236 balls, inside of just three seasons, and did not have a 40 time that would blow you away, proves his ability to separate. Also, its not like Bennett was playing against less superior athlete's in the SEC. All kind of scouting reports noted that Bennett would create separation with his head and shoulder fakes. I think a lot of the time receivers are judged to much on their height and 40 time. Don't get me wrong, you don't want to bring in a guy who is 5-9 or under and runs a sub 4.6 40. I just think the ability to separate is a major skill a receiver should possess, especially in the NFL. If Bennett can do this in the NFL for the Bears, he is going to be a good one GO BEARS!!

Great news on Hester and the contract seems to be very reasonable for the Bears going into the future. Now we can see what kind of coaching we have offensively, pressure is now on Turner and Hiestand to get the offense into the middle of the league this year for us to really have a solid chance for the playoffs. We have depth and experience on defense, special teams return solid guys, but will need to be tweaked somewhat with the loss of the crazy man # 94...So how is the line looking Brad, I see they are using Balogh as the 3rd string left tackle, what about the guard play, I've seen that Oakley has been getting a lot of snaps also is he making progress. next two weeks of going against our defensive starters should give us an indication which of the young lineman can play...Let's hope Williams gets on the field before the end of the week, you can't be a bust until you prove it in a game, right now Williams can't be any worse than the Justice guy in Philly, can he??...LMAO

SHAME ON THE BEARS FOR WAITING SO LONG TO TAKE CARE OF THIS MAN'S
CONTRACT!
THIS MAN WINS BALLGAMES BY HIMSELF, HE COVERS UP A BAD QUARTERBACK
SITUATION, HE COVERED UP MIKE BROWN'S INJURY, WHEN THEY HAD NO
LEADER IN THE SECONDARY, BY RUNNING BACK KICK-OFFS FOR TOUCHDOWNS,
PUNT RETURNS ARE OUT OF THIS WORLD!
IF URLACHER CAN DEMAND A BETTER CONTRACT COMING OFF A NECK INJURY,
MR. HESTER SURELY DESERVED BETTER THAN 455,000 DOLLARS FOR THIS
UPCOMING SEASON!
P.S. HE IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE TOP RECEIVERS IN THE LEAGUE THIS
SEASON!

AM I GLAD THEY GOT THE DEAL DONE!!! i do hope DH gets some better plays sent his way this year. i also hope ron turner can do this year what he said he was going to do last year, and thats (if grossman wins starting job) put rex in the shotgun formation alot more. that would give him longer to see the field, just a thought

Hey Kevin Im confused. Are you saying Bennett is 5-9 or under. Clear that up for me I see he was 6-1 and 202 pounds.

Brando, what I meant was, it might not be a good idea to draft a wide receiver that is 5-9 or under and runs a sub 4.6 40. I was being sarcastic about scouting, nothing to do with Earl Bennett's actual size and speed. A lot of the time when a team scouts a receiver, they look to much into the players size and speed. All the while overlooking other abilities a player possess. I just meant, yeah, the size and speed thing are important, but there are other aspects to a players game worth looking at. Bennett is going to be a good one if these skills carry over onto the pro game GO BEARS!!

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