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Browns sign WR Mike Furrey

Posted By Ryan Carey On May 6 2009 @ 3:35 pm In Cleveland Browns | No Comments

Browns add another WR to the depth chart.

From the Associated Press

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent wide receiver Mike Furrey, who spent the past three years with Detroit.

Furrey entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent and signed with Indianapolis in 2000. He also played in the Arena League before spending three seasons with St. Louis. In 2005, he started 11 games at safety and returned punts for the Rams.

Furrey, a walk-on at Ohio State in 1995 before transferring to Northern Iowa, caught 98 passes – second most in the league – for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns for the Lions in 2006.

A good signing for the Browns with all of the uncertainty surrounding both Braylon Edwards and Donte Stallworth.  Stallworth will be arraigned May 21st on DUI manslaughter charges and Edwards, the subject of trade rumors, has been mostly absent from the team's off-season conditioning program.

Furrey brings the verstility that Mangini likes to the table.  In 2005, his last season with the Rams he started 11 games at safety, making 55 takles with 4 interceptions.  He has also returned punts and kicks in his career.

The trade of TE Kellen Winslow means the Browns will be running many mor three WR formations and Furrey is most effective in the slot, working across the middle of the field.

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