- Zrebiec adds that Hester is still working his way back from toe surgery, which means the Ravens could wait to sign him to a contract once he’s 100 percent healthy.
Baltimore is clearly in the market for a kick and punt returner after they found mixed results with their current options this summer.
Hester recently mentioned that there were as many as 14 teams who had expressed interest in him.
“I can’t say much now, but I’m getting close,” Hester said. “(I) got 14 teams waiting on me.”
In regards to his toe injury, Hester explained that it just hasn’t healed as they had hoped it would.
“Some of the ligaments are still not healed up all the way,” Hester said. “It’s getting better now. [Running] straight ahead, I’m good. It’s just when I start going lateral, my toe flares up. It’s going to take time with that. I don’t know if it’s going to be a two-week process or three or maybe four. And I told [the Falcons] that. And I told them I wasn’t signing the paper saying I was ready to play.
“It’s a business. I understand that. The healing process was supposed to be four to six months. It’s been longer than what we expected.”
Hester, 33, is a former second-round pick of the Bears back in 2006. After eight years with the Bears, Hester signed a three-year, $9 million contract with Atlanta and was set to make a base salary of $3.5 million for the 2016 season when the Falcons released him in a move that freed up $3 million in available cap space.
In 2015, Hester was limited to appearing in just five games for the Falcons and totaling 235 kick return yards and 34 punt return yards.