Former Bears WR Sam Hurd doesn't plan on going down without a fight, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News. Hurd will plead not guilty at his arraignment next Wednesday on federal drug conspiracy and possession charges, according to his attorney, who also promised a "vigorous defense."
Hurd and a co-defendant were indicted Jan. 4 for allegedly trying to set up a drug-dealing network, possessing cocaine and for conspiring to possess cocaine. The Bears cut him two days after he was arrested at a steakhouse in Rosemont, Ill.
If he is convicted on the conspiracy count, he could spend 10 years behind bars and be assessed a $10 million fine. If he is convicted on the possession charge, he could spend 5-40 years in prison and be forced to pay a $5 million fine. Any potential fines would eat away at the approximately $4 million he earned in five years with the Cowboys and the $1.35 million signing bonus he picked up when he signed with the Bears last July.
Hurd, a special-teams standout, has never exceeded 314 receiving yards or caught more than one touchdown pass in a season. He totaled just 109 yards on eight receptions last season. After a career-high 19 tackles on special teams for the Cowboys in 2010, he had just five tackles for the Bears in 2011.