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Devin Hester reaches deal with Falcons

Chicago Bears wide receiver DevHester looks before an NFL football game against MinnesotVikings Sunday Dec. 1 2013 Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim

Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Hester looks on before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

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Updated: March 20, 2014 4:13PM

Former Bears kick returner Devin Hester agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

Hester became available in free agency after the Bears informed him that he would not be re-signed after eight memorable seasons with the team. There were said to be a handful of suitors for Hester, who had a recent visit with the Falcons.

Hester spent all of the 2013 season solely as a return specialist and his place on the Bears came into question. Chris Williams, Domenik Hixon and Michael Ford will compete for the Bears’ kickoff and punt returner openings.

Interestingly enough, the Falcons host the Bears in 2014, so they’ll get a chance to contain (or kick away from) Hester.

A three-time Pro Bowler, Hester is the NFL’s all-time leader in punt return touchdowns (13) and total kick return touchdowns (18).

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