"I have my workers' comp papers in my pocket," Hester said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. "See how I feel ... go home and talk to my wife, my family. See where we go from there. I've got two beautiful kids, man, young. Two boys. A lot of stress has been on my mind lately."
It's hard to take the retirement threat too seriously. It's an emotional time, and Hester obviously is close to Smith. Hester's bigger worry -- one that is true throughout the roster -- is if he could be cut with one year left on his contract.
Other longtime Bears, such as pending free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher, face uncertain futures because they no longer might fit what the next coach wants to accomplish. Hester's role as a wide receiver seems likely to diminish further.