The Bears waived WR Sam Hurd on Friday, the first step toward cutting him. He was arrested Wednesday evening on federal drug charges.
In the courtroom on Friday, a federal judge agreed to release Hurd on $100,000 cash bond. Under terms of the agreement, Hurd would have to post the full amount in cash to be be released from custody.
Hurd accepted a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent posing as a drug supplier on Wednesday evening and said he needed five to 10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuuana to distribute every week. He was immediately arrested and charged with federal drug conspiracy charges that could send him to prison for up to 40 years.
The Bears signed Hurd, an Northern Illinois University product and former Dallas Cowboy, to a three-year, $4.15 million deal on July 30. The day before, on July 29, Hurd met with Homeland Security agents after his car, driven by one of Hurd's associates with $88,000 cash and a marijuana plant in it, was pulled over by police in Dallas County.
Bears GM Jerry Angelo said Friday, "There's no flags that anybody could present tangibly to say that we should've known otherwise. I want to make that perfectly clear to the public, to our fans."
Angelo said the Bears spend "an inordinate amount of time on character. … But no system is foolproof."
Hurd, 26 and in his sixth NFL season, was mainly a contributor on special teams.
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