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Devin Hester Agrees to Three-Year Deal with Falcons

Devin Hester vastly upgrades the Falcons' return game. (Matthew Stockman)

Devin Hester vastly upgrades the Falcons’ return game. (Matthew Stockman)

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with return specialist Devin Hester on a three-year deal.

Hester was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round (57th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he set an NFL record with six return touchdowns, including a punt return for a touchdown in his debut.

The Falcons haven’t had a kickoff or punt return for a touchdown since 2010 – back with Eric Weems returning kicks.

Last season, Atlanta averaged 24.4 yards per kick return and 8.3 yards per punt return.

Hester will undoubtedly fix those woes – last season, he averaged 27.6 yards per kick return and 14.2 yards per punt return, including a touchdown.

He also holds the NFL record for most career kick and punt returns for touchdowns with 18.

He’s gained 5,504 yards on 222 kick returns and 3,241 yards on 264 punt returns. Yes, Hester’s markedly dangerous.

But don’t expect him to just return kicks:

For his career, Hester has totaled 217 receptions for 2,807 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Falcons Gain Four Compensatory Picks in 2013 NFL Draft

The Atlanta Falcons have received four compensatory picks (a fourth-rounder and three seventh-rounders) in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The league uses a formula to determine which teams lost more or better free agents than gained the previous year.

Last season, the Falcons lost cornerback Kelvin Hayden and wide receiver Eric Weems to the Chicago Bears, linebacker Curtis Lofton to the New Orleans Saints, and safety James Sanders to the Arizona Cardinals.

With the newly awarded picks, the Falcons now have 11 selections in the upcoming draft.

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Free Agent News

Vance WalkerChris Redman, and Harry Douglas have been re-signed.

Eric Weems is now a Chicago Bear.  The Falcons will need to sign a kick/punt returner to fill that void.

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