Apparently, Chicago's primary scoring threat thinks he's worth more than the two years and $2.86 million remaining on his rookie contract. I can't imagine anybody would disagree, particularly the Bears who, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, were in the process of hammering out a new deal:
Holding [Hester] out of camp is an interesting strategy since the Bears set precedent by re-doing Urlacher¹s contract because the player successfully argued he outplayed the value of the deal despite having four years remaining on it. Urlacher was considered a unique situation in the eyes of the franchise because of his status as a potential Hall of Fame talent.Hester has scored 11 special teams touchdowns in two seasons, and added two more offensive touchdowns in 2007. With holes at virtually every offensive skill position, Hester was sure to get more touches, primarily from the wide receiver position.
Hester can make the same argument, and in fact, his value to the Bears might be even greater considering his contribution to a team with a moribund offense.
Assuming the two sides can come to an agreement, nothing should change -- Hester will remain the Bears' primary scoring threat -- and since the organization was already working on a new contract, I can't imagine the holdout lasts. It's just too bad Hester won't get a legit shot to win the QB job. That coulda been fun.
Hat tip: PFT