Hester caught 51 passes in 2008 and 57 in 2009. Last season, under first-year Bears coach Marc Trestman, he was not a factor on offense.
“When we signed him, first and foremost, he was a returner,” Smith said. “But the very first discussion that we had, he said ‘Smitty, I want to play wide receiver. I think I can play wide receiver.’ I was in complete agreement. When you have a guy that is that dynamic, he can add to our weapons on the offensive side, not just on special teams.”