Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said on Thursday that he doesn't want the situation surrounding Sam Hurd's arrest to become a distraction and on Friday GM Jerry Angelo announced that the team planned to release Hurd. The Bears receiver was arrested on Thursday in connection with a plot to purchase and distribute cocaine and marijuana in Chicago.
At Friday's press conference, Angelo said:
"There's been a wrong, and we've acted. We have a track record of doing that... The right thing is to cut Sam Hurd."
670 The Score in Chicago reported that law enforcement officials have a list in "double digits" of NFL players who were clients of Hurd's (though Hurd's lawyer disputes that report). Angelo was asked if he any other Bears players are involved and he said, "I can't talk about that. I'm not going on any witch hunts here."
The best plan of action for the Bears is to do all they can to separate themselves from Hurd and his situation. The first step is releasing him but that won't necessarily settle the media storm in Chicago at the moment.