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Devin Hester won't return to Bears, Broncos to cut Champ Bailey

The Chicago Bears are looking to move past Devin Hester.
The Chicago Bears are looking to move past Devin Hester.
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There are going to be a lot of changes this upcoming NFL season, and as usual, free agency will play a huge part. It was revealed by ESPN on March 5, 2014, that there will be two familiar faces moving into different territories as Devin Hester won't be returning to the Chicago Bears and the Denver Broncos are set to part ways with Champ Bailey.

Hester, the record-setting kick returner, announced that he will not be back with the Bears and that the team is going to be "parting ways" with him.

"From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," Hester told the NFL Network. "All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They've always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn't have played for a better city than those guys. At the end of my career, I do want to retire as a member of the Bears."

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Chicago failed to comment on the situation while Hester released another statement thanking the fans. Hester matched Deion Sanders this past season with his 19th career return for a touchdown.

In Denver, the Broncos are set to release cornerback Champ Bailey after 10 years with the team. Bailey has a $1 million roster bonus due on March 15, 2014, and the team will save $10 million in cap space due to Bailey's release.

A lot of people thought that the 35-year-old Bailey's time was up and he couldn't play the way he used to play. Many experts believe that he only looked bad in 2013 because he refused to go on Injured Reserve with a Lisfranc foot injury.

Bailey has already said he's not ready to retire and wants to continue playing in the league.

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