If/when the Bears choose to move on from Hester, they’d presumably hope to trade him instead of cutting him. The former gets him out of the division; the latter means he could end up in Detroit, Minnesota, or Green Bay.
Hester, 30, has a base salary of $1.85 million in 2013. It’s not an excessive salary to carry, but with a new coach and a G.M. who arrived in 2012, the Bears could decide that it’s time to go younger at the position.