Furrey signs three-year deal to stay with Lions
The wide receiver signed a three-year deal with the Lions on Wednesday night. Sources told ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli that the total value of the contract is slightly in excess of $9 million and Furrey received a $4 million signing bonus. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that the deal will make Furrey $5.5 million in 2007 with signing and roster bonuses, plus salary.
"This is a great day," Lions coach Rod Marinelli said Wednesday. "You want to reward men for performing for the Detroit Lions, so this contract sends a strong message to all of our players. Mike earned this, not just because of his play on the field, but because of his work ethic and character."
Furrey, scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, had 11 catches in the season finale Sunday to finish with 98, the most ever by a non-rookie following a season when he had no catches.
Furrey's 10-yard reception in the third quarter of the Lions' 39-31 victory over the Dallas Cowboys was his sixth of the game, giving him the record that he extended. Furrey is a fourth-year player who started 11 games as a defensive back for St. Louis last season.
Lionel Taylor had 92 catches for Denver in the AFL in 1960, the previous mark for the most catches by a non-rookie following a season with none. Anquan Boldin of the Cardinals had 101 catches as a rookie in 2003, the most catches by any player with none the previous season.
Furrey finished with 1,086 yards and six touchdowns. Furrey and Roy Williams (1,310 yards) were the first Lions duo to both have 1,000 yards receiving in the same season since Germane Crowell and Johnnie Morton in 1999.
"Looking at those numbers gives me the chills," Furrey said. "My goals were 50 catches, 500 yards and five touchdowns. We knew there would be a lot of opportunities in this offense. We just didn't know we'd be a starter by the second week of the season."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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