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The Bears announced their contract agreement with Hurd on July 29, one day after federal authorities say he had agreed to a “consensual interview” with Homeland Security investigators over $88,000 in cash that had been seized in a car he owned in the Dallas area. The money was inside a canvas bag that authorities said was covered in a plant-like material that tested positive for “properties of marijuana.”

Hurd said the money was his and that he had given the car to his acquaintance, a car shop employee, for maintenance and detail work, the complaint said.

“From my understanding, he wasn’t the one that was pulled over,” Angelo said. “His vehicle was pulled over. He was not the driver. That was never made public. So he was never charged with anything. There was never any record to our knowledge. And it was, from my understanding, a citation, but other than that, there was no other information that was presented to us.”

Angelo would not say if the Bears would try to recoup some of the signing bonus. He also gave a terse answer when asked whether the case might affect his own future with the Bears, telling a reporter to “whistle Dixie.” Angelo is under contract through 2013.

As for Hurd, receiver Earl Bennett described him as a “guy with high character who just loves to play the game of football, loves to have fun.” Bennett also said he doesn’t think other players are involved.

“I wouldn’t think so,” he said. “A lot of guys in this locker room are very high-character guys.”

Coach Lovie Smith echoed that sentiment.

“We have a great group of guys,” he said. “But sometimes when you’re dealing with this many, it’s hard to have all the players be a certain way. But you can’t let that scar what else we’re getting done here. It’s always about the team. Every once in a while a guy will go outside what’s best for the football team and there are consequences that you deal with. That’s how life goes. There are life lessons that are being learned here by our football team.”

Greenfield said he wasn’t sure whether Hurd would try to get picked up by another team as he fights the drug case.

Sam’s a football player and he wants to play,” he said. “Hopefully he’ll be playing in the near future with another team.”

If not, the attorney said, there are other options.

Sam’s a college grad, Sam’s a scholar, Sam’s a very, very smart individual,” Greenfield said.

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AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed to this report.