On Wednesday — when he should have been at training camp — the Chicago Bears’ kick-returner-extraordinaire-slash-wide-receiver-in-training Devin Hester was instead on the horn with the Chicago Tribune, telling reporter Vaughn McClure, “I can’t go out and play this year making $445,000.
“Come on, man.”
After all, that would be … ahem, ridiculous.
Now, while I think most people can eke out a living on $445K (I’m pretty sure I could), I also do think that Hester is underpaid by current NFL standards.
Then again, if you get paid by the plays you memorize, maybe not …
Because, also in today’s Trib, Bears writer David Haugh writes that, “Offensive coordinator Ron Turner revealed Wednesday the Bears only asked Hester to learn four routes last season because of his multiple duties.”
That bit of news prompted my buddy Ryan (a Bears season ticket holder, not the architect of the “46” defense) to react this morning by firing off the following e-mail :
Four Routes??? How hard can this position be???
I’d imagine his four routes were …
1.) Devin — Go Deep
2.) Devin — Run 15 yards and turn around
3.) Devin — Run 10 yards and turn left
4.) Devin — Run 10 yards and turn right
To which, I’d add …
Yeah, but he also had to remember which end zone the Bears were facing.