Brackenridge High School graduate Sam Hurd, an unrestricted free agent since completing his fifth season as a wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys last season, has agreed to sign with the Chicago Bears.

Hurd will join former Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, who signed with Chicago after getting released earlier this week.

Under terms of the NFL s new collective bargaining agreement, Hurd isn t allowed to officially sign a contract until 5 p.m. Friday. He also is prohibited from practicing with the Bears until next Thursday.

I m excited about this, Hurd told ESPNDallas. No hard feelings towards Dallas. It s a job and it had nothing to do with the Cowboys. I would love to play for the Cowboys, but I ve always loved the city of Chicago and what the Bears stood for.

Hurd caught only 14 passes for 120 yards in 15 games last season, he but earned his keep on special teams.

He was a crowd favorite in training camp at the Alamodome in recent years, drawing cheers from fans with his hustle and easygoing demeanor off the field.

Hurd, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, led Dallas in special-teams tackles in 2009 with 19 and was second last year with 21. He was captain of the Cowboys special teams last season.

A standout at Northern Illinois before signing with Dallas in 2006, Hurd caught 45 passes for 630 yards and two touchdowns in five seasons with the Cowboys. He started in six of the 65 games he played in.

An All-State selection as a senior at Brackenridge, Hurd ranks as one of the top high school wide receivers in San Antonio history.

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