Bears will cut Sam Hurd

AP

If Sam Hurd had 75 catches and 1,435 yards and a long-term deal that had paid him $15 million guaranteed, the Bears likely would have deferred judgment on Hurd until the legal process runs its course.

But since Hurd has only eight catches this season, allegations that he was trafficking cocaine and marijuana were enough to drop him like he’s hot.

Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo said Friday that Hurd will be waived, according to multiple Bears beat writers attending Angelo’s press conference.

“There’s been a wrong, and we’ve acted,” Angelo said, via Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.  “We have a track record of doing that. . . .  The right thing is to cut Sam Hurd.”

At the same time Angelo made like Karl Wallenda, making it clear that the Bears had no reason to know that Hurd was doing anything wrong.  “There were no facts, there are no flags,” Angelo said.  “I want to make that perfectly clear to the public.”

Fine, but all NFL teams have security officers who previously worked in law enforcement, and who have access to plenty of information that the average person doesn’t.  When the Bears gave Hurd $1.35 million to sign a contract (money they’ll never be able to recover now that he has been cut), they could have known that federal authorities in Texas had $88,000 of his money — and that the day before signing the contract Hurd submitted to an interview in the hopes of getting the money back.

Should they have known?  That’s a matter for team president Ted Phillips to raise with the director of security.

56 responses to “Bears will cut Sam Hurd

  1. In turn, hopefully Sam will point out the “track” records of a few of the guys Jerry signed.
    The tracks inside their elbows and on the backs of their knees.

  2. When told about the cut, Ben Roethlisberger said, “Yeah, that cut hurt me pretty badly but I’m going to try and gut it out on the field. I’m pretty heroic.”

  3. So he was arrested for selling cocaine and Marijuana that the United States government brought into the country? Sounds rational to me.

  4. “Cut” him…? As in what Hurd was planning to do with all the blow he was trying to buy?

    Ironic?

    Perhaps an ounce or so.

  5. Well now that they can go after Hurds signing bonus if he didn’t blow it all, then MAYBE, they will be able to afford Mr. Forte.

    All though I don’t know how excited he is about staying in Chicago, but they say good things come to those to wait, that and injuries.

  6. On the bright side, he can look forward to rejuvenating his career upon his release from prison just like Plax and Mike Vick. Watch out for the Sam Hurd comeback of 2080.

  7. I would think any company would do a background check before forking over millions to anyone.

    These guys act like its monopoly money or something…

  8. The day before signing with the Bears,they found $88,000 in his car. Were the Bears supposed to have him under surveilence until he signed? I’m sure the background check was done prior to this altercation. Ridiculous!

  9. Hurdenberg had the clearest, bluest, purest…

    He’s just lucky he never came across a Tuco-like character or else we’d be hearing about him in the news for a much different reason.

  10. Why would the Bears have known? It was a federal investigation that was kept quiet as much as possible. I’d love to blame the Bears but it’s ridiculous to blame them in this situation.

    I can’t wait for a movie to be made out of this story. Man uses front as a mediocre NFL player to hide his true identity as a modern day Tony Montana.

  11. Why does this article suggest the Bears wouldn’t cut better players? Or that they knew he was a drug dealer when they signed him?

    Within the past few years, they cut Tank Johnson and Cedric Benson for lesser offenses, and they were much better players than Sam Hurd. As much fun as it is to critique Angelo, he’s absolutely right, the Bears have a history of low tolerance for criminals on their team.

    I don’t recall anyone accusing the Packers of wrongdoing or hypocrisy when they cut Jonny Jolly. Just another example of the media loving to love the Packers and loving to hate on the Bears.

  12. You either have a short or selective memory “pencepost”….how about Lance Briggs wrapping his Lamborghini around a tree and then running off without facing the music…or the little incident with Olin Kreutz and the boys at the FBI shooting range….bottom line, the Bears, just like every other team, don’t cut stars

  13. From what I read, he was given $25,000 worth of cocaine without even having to pay for it. Just on a promise to pay later. Still wrong for him to do, but they gave him that much and didnt take a dime??

  14. caseyanthonymunoz says:Dec 16, 2011 3:30 PM

    When told about the cut, Ben Roethlisberger said, “Yeah, that cut hurt me pretty badly but I’m going to try and gut it out on the field. I’m pretty heroic.”
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    You are a MOR_N This story has nothing to do with Ben nor the Steelers . This just shows your grade level is I would say 1st grade plain and simple

  15. But what about THE LIST?…

    Hurd’s list numbering double digits, with the names of NFL players dealing with Hurd. I wonder if any of the other Bears players are on that list or if there are any Cowboys players are on the list?

    Why do I have a feeling the information on Hurd’s list is going to vanish?

    This could potentially be a huge embarrassment to the NFL, depending on the magnitude and scope of Hurd’s operation and the number names on the list.

    Double digits could mean anywhere from 10 to 99 NFL players dealing with Hurd.

    That would be a pretty big story, even if the number names on Hurd’s NFL list are on the lower side of “double digits”.

  16. There seems to be an obsession for all things Vikings related embedded in every comments thread in every story – regardless if that story is Vikings, NFC North – hell, NFC related at all.

    Take a step back, monkeys. Your continuing obsession over a dysfunctional 2-11 team isn’t going unnoticed.

    LOL.

  17. Considering they have security people who are supposed to be in the know, why did the Bears sign Sam Turd in the first place?

  18. “There were no facts, there are no flags,” said Bears GM Jerry Angelo.

    He later added, “Except, now that I think about it, it was a bit strange how quickly he accepted the first offer we sent his agent. I mean, we low-balled the hell out of this guy just to feel him out, but before the contract was even done going through the fax machine, he was on the phone saying he accepted. It was like he wasn’t even in it for the money…”

  19. What happened to due process? What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? He may very well be guilty, and if he is I sincerely hope he spends every minute of those 40 years being some bad man’s girlfriend. But being charged with a crime doesn’t mean he did it.

    Totally classless move by the Bears organization.

  20. cmstrick says:
    Dec 16, 2011 6:04 PM
    What happened to due process? What happened to “innocent until proven guilty”? He may very well be guilty, and if he is I sincerely hope he spends every minute of those 40 years being some bad man’s girlfriend. But being charged with a crime doesn’t mean he did it.

    Totally classless move by the Bears organization.

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    Presumption of innocence, I love that!

    Dude went to the police station to try and recover 88K that was taken from his vehicle when the cops busted his friend/runner.

    Then he walks away with a kilo of coke from a sting.

    Real innocent.

  21. while the bears’ cutting of turd may be part of a greater nfl plan to just cut the cord etc…

    i am sure he has now violated some contract clause. this was worth firing him.

    classless bears? and hurd was full of class?

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