Allen Park, Mich.- The Detroit Lions announced today that they have signed unrestricted free agent WR Mike Furrey to a one-year deal. Additional contract terms were not disclosed.
Furrey (6-0, 205) will join Detroit's receiving corps after converting from receiver to safety for St. Louis prior to last season. He became the Rams' starting free safety after their fifth game in 2005 and finished the season with a team-leading four interceptions, including a 67-yard interception return for a touchdown. Furrey registered 55 tackles (39 solo) through 16 games (11 starts).
In 2004, Furrey played in eight games as a reserve wide receiver. He was also a strong contributor on special teams, finishing second on the team with 13 tackles in addition to eight kickoff returns for 157 yards (19.6). In his first year with the Rams in 2003, Furrey had 20 receptions for 189 yards through 13 games.
Prior to joining St. Louis, Furrey was leading the AFL in receptions (108), receiving yards (1,574), receiving touchdowns (46, tying an AFL record for touchdowns in a single season), and points (288) as a wide receiver for the New York Dragons. In 2002, he led the Dragons with 74 receptions for 1,055 yards and 27 touchdowns.
Furrey's first season of pro football was in 2001 when he played for the Las Vegas Outlaws of the XFL. He played in nine games and registered 18 receptions for 243 yards and a touchdown.
As a collegian at Northern Iowa, Furrey set new career standards for Gateway Conference receivers with 242 receptions for 3,544 yards and 27 touchdowns. He had at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his three seasons with the Panthers and was an all-Gateway Conference selection as a senior. Furrey transferred to Northern Iowa after playing nine games as a walk-on freshman at Ohio State in 1995.