Bears general manager Phil Emery called Jay Cutler a "franchise" quarterback. Coach Marc Trestman wouldn't go there. While the men may differ somewhat in their view of Cutler, they're in lockstep when it comes to Devin Hester, who has suggested he might seek a trade after announcing the day after the season that he could be done with the game. "Devin is a very versatile athlete," Emery said. "Right now, he is our returner, and we're looking forward to him working with us in OTAs and see how we come out." Said Trestman: "Right now, he is back. He'll go out there and compete to be our returner. What he does beyond that depends on how he performs in that first role as a returner." The Bears probably couldn't get a lot in trade for Hester, 30, so it makes sense to bring him back and see if he's committed to making a strong comeback under a new coaching staff. His base salary and workout bonus total $2.1 million and his cap number is $2.9 million, so neither figure is prohibitive to getting a spot on the 53-man roster. But it's clear he'll have to be electric in the return game before he is considered at receiver or sews up a roster spot. Staff set: Thirty-six days after he got the job, Trestman completed his coaching staff by hiring Mike Groh to be wide receivers coach. The son of former Jets coach Al Groh, he was the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Alabama. A former quarterback at Virginia, Groh spent one season coaching in the NFL under his father in 2000 with the Jets.
Hester will have to compete for job
Chicago Tribune | Feb 22