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Bears will cut Sam Hurd


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.

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56 Responses to “Bears will cut Sam Hurd”
  1. comeonnowguys says: Dec 16, 2011 3:27 PM

    Best line of the press conference: “whistle dixie.”

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Dec 16, 2011 3:28 PM

    It’s all good, he has a second career lined up. One of the few pro athletes planning for the future.

  3. earthtopft says: Dec 16, 2011 3:29 PM

    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.

  4. 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.”

  5. eastsideballa says: Dec 16, 2011 3:31 PM

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

  6. trollhammer20 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:31 PM

    Hey hey hey

  7. bhindenemylines says: Dec 16, 2011 3:31 PM

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


    Perhaps an ounce or so.

  8. thekingofnewyork says: Dec 16, 2011 3:31 PM

    I’m surpised you haven’t made a lame joke about how Hurd rhymes with Turd yet

  9. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:32 PM

    Hats off to, Sam….”Turd.”

  10. wetpaperbag3 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:33 PM

    Sam Hurd will be cut. Shocker!

  11. fittytuckin says: Dec 16, 2011 3:33 PM

    Well now he has to become a full time drug lord.

  12. shaggytoodle says: Dec 16, 2011 3:33 PM

    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.

  13. tombradyswig says: Dec 16, 2011 3:35 PM

    What’s the word Sam?
    Girl around?

  14. derfshambeaux says: Dec 16, 2011 3:38 PM

    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.

  15. karlton2 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:39 PM

    Tiki Barber is Flabbergasted.

  16. duanethomas says: Dec 16, 2011 3:41 PM

    Why? What did he do? Good player and better citizen.

  17. mvp43 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:43 PM

    Looks like his career is up in smoke…….

  18. thebigkahuna23 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:44 PM

    I say again, Hurd in the punch bowl.

  19. i3addog says: Dec 16, 2011 3:45 PM

    I hope he enjoys man love. When he gets out of the joint he will truly be a wide receiver.

  20. addlehead4 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:46 PM

    Hurd is pretty Gumby looking by the looks of that picture.

  21. theglap says: Dec 16, 2011 3:46 PM

    Sam Hurd won’t serve a day.

    This story is just getting started.

    Just watch.

  22. smithysmitherson says: Dec 16, 2011 3:47 PM

    Why couldn’t it have been Roy Williams? I kinda liked Hurd.

  23. ticalcaldwell says: Dec 16, 2011 3:48 PM

    cut him….r u serious…..kidding….what a dirt bag….hope you enjoyed your time in the NFL you wannabe Tony Montana

  24. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 16, 2011 3:48 PM

    Just remember helmet to helmet contact doesn’t warrant a flag or fine in prison. LoL

  25. sfm073 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:48 PM

    Silly article. Are teams now gonna
    Have to look into each player and figure out whether or not they’re trying to
    Become a drug lord?

  26. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 16, 2011 3:49 PM

    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…

  27. pghguyy says: Dec 16, 2011 3:52 PM

    1.35 mill. Well at least he can have some candybars n toothpaste from the comissary

  28. db105 says: Dec 16, 2011 3:52 PM

    Darryl Henley is proud of Hurd.

  29. Land Snark says: Dec 16, 2011 3:53 PM


    Do you think that’s not part of the scouting process? SMH

  30. musiccitymiracle says: Dec 16, 2011 3:54 PM

    A real renaissance man. The DaVinci of our age. Can’t wait to hear about his next endeavor.

  31. warvette says: Dec 16, 2011 3:57 PM

    i would bet dollars to powdered donuts the dude has a blueray copy of scarface in every room….

  32. theravens1 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:03 PM

    Tebow is gonna pray for him!

  33. wte1 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:04 PM

    Tim Tebow he is not!

  34. dabeloved says: Dec 16, 2011 4:05 PM

    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!

  35. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 16, 2011 4:09 PM

    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.

  36. phillycass says: Dec 16, 2011 4:14 PM

    Bears will cut Sam Hurd….

    you’re kidding me?!

  37. faultylogic29 says: Dec 16, 2011 4:20 PM

    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.

  38. pencepost says: Dec 16, 2011 4:29 PM

    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.

  39. notrelated says: Dec 16, 2011 4:36 PM

    Please refrain from making Breaking Bad references in the comments unless they’re clever and hysterical. Thanks.

  40. fissels says: Dec 16, 2011 4:39 PM

    Maybe I’m not paying attention but how does a backup and special teams player get 15 million guaranteed?

  41. dabeloved says: Dec 16, 2011 4:39 PM

    Amen Pencepost!

  42. 13car says: Dec 16, 2011 4:42 PM

    I get it… clever sneaking in a drop it like it’s hot reference with him hiring snoop’s lawyer.

  43. pleazenufalready says: Dec 16, 2011 4:42 PM

    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

  44. duneroad says: Dec 16, 2011 4:45 PM

    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??

  45. mountaindont says: Dec 16, 2011 4:47 PM

    How long before the Vikings pick up Hurd ? It will just add to the Vikings 30 plus years of ineptness.

  46. njhitman says: Dec 16, 2011 4:57 PM

    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.”
    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

  47. macbull says: Dec 16, 2011 4:59 PM

    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”.

  48. veence69 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:01 PM

    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.


  49. gmen1987 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:03 PM

    Hurd was just trying to establish a business for his post NFL career.

  50. thegonz13 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:34 PM

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

  51. Robert says: Dec 16, 2011 5:34 PM

    Raider Nation is insulted.

  52. boilerup1869 says: Dec 16, 2011 5:50 PM

    “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…”

  53. 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.

  54. richm2256 says: Dec 16, 2011 7:35 PM

    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.

    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.

  55. lookatthefarside says: Dec 16, 2011 11:32 PM

    That’s bad news for Urlacher. he’ll have to find somewhere new to get HGH.

  56. commandercornpone says: Dec 17, 2011 10:30 PM

    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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