The Lions? Do we need a receiver that was cut from the last placed team in the NFL from a year ago? The answer is a resounding "YES!"
Although he has been a journeyman throughout his career in football (including college where he walked on to Ohio State, only to transfer to Northern Iowa), Mike has been described as a competitive, dependable, stand-up guy. He has been described as a "Wes Welker-type" of player, but not as fast. He had one good season statistically in Detroit where he had 98 receptions for 1,086 yds. Then he lost his identity with the new coaching staff, and they did not use him as much. Apparently, he has lost some weight, and despite being 32 years old he says that he feels like he is in the same physical condition as he was when he was twenty-five years old.
From what I've read on Cantonrep.com he is a quality character guy. That could be the best attribute that he brings to the table in Cleveland. With Edward's consitancy problems and having two rookie WRs, a dose of character and integrity could go a long way for the team. He also fits the new mold of players that HC Eric Mangini is collecting: smart, selfless, but with something to prove. He will probably not be a play-maker on the offense to the extent of a Wes Welker, but is unaffraid to go over the middle and make a play. He should help the depth in the receiving corp vacated by Winslow, JJ, and presumably Stallworth. If anything, he adds quality depth to a team that has recently been without such a luxury.
Another element that Furrey brings is his ability to play in the secondary. While playing for the Rams, he was listed as a fifth safety. He played some safety while he was playing in the Arena League. He started eleven gams for the Rams at safety. That year he made 48 tackles (41 solo), had seven assists, four passes defended, and four interceptions (143 yards on return, with one touchdown). Sounds like he fits versatility and toughness roles.
Although he may not be the flashiest player, Furrey seems to have come to the right place to show what he can do. Hopefully he can make a difference one way or another.