Veteran kick returner Devin Hester is going to leave the Chicago Bears.

Hester told NFL Network he's not in the Bears' plans.

"From my knowledge, I know that Chicago wants to go a different route with me," Hester said. "All I can say is thanks to the fans for their support. They've always been great to me. Always been loyal. I couldn't have played for a better city than those guys. At the end of my career, I do want to retire as a member of the Bears."

Hester will be an unrestricted free agent.

Hester has 19 touchdown returns in his career: 13 punt returns, five kickoffs and one missed field goal.

Hester is a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

Hester is interested in playing for former Bears coach Lovie Smith with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"I look at Lovie as my number one coach right now because he's the one that took a chance on me coming out of the draft," Hester said. "He has all my respect so if he's a guy that is going to shoot at me and want me to come play with him again, my arms are open."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun