Around the NFL

Seahawks sign veteran return man Devin Hester

Just when Devin Hester thought he was out, they pulled him back in.

Ahead of their Saturday night showdown with the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks are signing the former Bears and Ravens kick returner, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday, per a source informed. Hester confirmed the news in an Instagram post.

Hester was waived by the Ravens in December after 12 games with the team. The kick returner cleared waivers soon after and looked as if his next destination was Canton.

Before his release, Hester was averaging just 7.2 yards per punt return and had fumbled five times. He has not played in a postseason game since the 2010 NFC Championship Game as a member of the Bears.

Seattle was going to enter the postseason with major depth issues in the return game. Due to a season-ending injury to Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks have been left without a punt returner for the past week and change. Seattle resorted to All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman catching punts against the 49ers in Week 17; he returned one for six yards. After the game, Carroll said Sherman did "a great job," but implied they'd take a look at the position later in the week.

In Hester, Seattle may have found at the very least a stop-gap and at best a veteran threat.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content

Gamepass_vert_web_r

See all the Action

Replay every game all season.