Furrey talking with Bears

Mike Martz may bring one of “his guys” to Chicago.

Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago reports that the Bears have recently talked to Mike Furrey’s representatives. 

A nominee for PFT’s Pat Tillman award, Furrey played with Cleveland last year.  (Feel free to use the PFT nod in contract talks, Mike.)

Furrey played under Martz in St. Louis and Detroit as a safety, then a slot receiver.  A move isn’t expected before this weekend’s minicamp, but Furrey has spoken with G.M. Jerry Angelo and Martz is pushing for the move.

21 responses to “Furrey talking with Bears

  1. He wouldn’t immediately go to the #1 receiver. Of course Cutler thinks his receivers are already a strength.

  2. First, you gotta love the “Furrey-Bear” thing.
    Second, Furrey was briefly explosive** under Martz–is it possible to make that magic again?
    **The Detroit Lions signed Furrey to a one-year deal on April 4, 2006 as a wide receiver, being one of the few active players in the NFL to have started on both offense and defense. He emerged as a solid option in the Lions offense, catching 98 passes for 1,086 yards and seven touchdowns. His 98 receptions for that season were the most for any player in the conference, and second best in the league.
    On December 31, 2006, Furrey set the pro football record for most catches for a non-rookie after a season with no catches the previous season. He had 98 receptions at the end of the 2006 season (which was the most in the NFC for that year), after none in 2005. . .
    Furrey would record 61 catches for 664 yards in 2007.
    Third, to pre-empt all the Bears WR bashers out there, I’m just going to re-post this:
    Dewey Axewoond says: April 27, 2010 4:03 PM
    Just because the Bears don’t have a truly #1 stud WR doesn’t mean they don’t have talent at the position.
    Hester’s stats have pretty much doubled in each new year at the position, and he continues to be a serious threat in the open field.
    Johnny Knox made a huge impact as a rookie, making the Pro Bowl as a returner and adding 45 receptions for 527 yds–tied for third most by a Bears rookie and tied for the most by a rookie wide receiver in team history. His 527 yards were the fifth most by a Bears rookie receiver.
    Knox’s six total TDs tied for fifth among NFL rookies, trailing only Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno (9), Harvin (8), Cardinals running back Beanie Wells (7) and Colts receiver Austin Collie (7).
    Knox also became the first Bears rookie to score a TD in four straight games since Payton did it in 75.
    Then you have Sho-du (Devin Aromashodu), who had 22 receptions for 282 yards and four touchdowns over the final four games, and at least ONE person thinks is poised for a huge breakout this year (2, if you count me):
    And it’s not just about the WRs, it’s about ALL the receiving threats–Bears TEs annually combine for over 100 receptions. Olsen and Clark (if he’s retained) are great threats.
    And both Forte and Chester Taylor are exceptional at catching passes out of the backfield.
    Nope, on this one, Cutler is right and the majority of you lunkheads are wrong–the Bears have more than enough young talented receiving threats. And under Martz’s schematic genius, the offense is gonna explode this season (if we get the damn line fixed).
    You watch. Better yet, go on thinking we’ve got such a crappy receiving core–just don’t say no one told you they were going to be good.

  3. Dewey Axewoond
    I may disagree with your beliefs in how much change Martz may bring to the offense, and I certainly doubt Furrey could duplicate those numbers he produced with Jon Kitna when he threw for over 4000 yards, most of it when his team was trailing badly, but overall I appreciated your post.
    It’s not enough for non-Bears fans to waltz onto a comment board without watching Bears football, recognize only Devin Hester from among their wide receivers, then spew whatever garbage they desire.
    Once Brian Urlacher got injured and 31 other teams witnessed how incapable Chicago was at blocking and pass rushing, it became a rebuilding year.
    Knox, Bennett and Aromashodu witnessed their first significant action in the NFL. Hester was on pace for 1000 yards before suffering an injury mid-season. Chicago has 3 TE’s capable of catching passes (Olsen, Clark and Kellen Davis). The O-line needs work, but Chris Williams looked good disabling Jared Allen in Chicago’s week 16 win.
    I’m not saying that Angelo and Smith are necessarily going to get it done, but they’re one or two young linemen taking a step forward from being a top 10 offense.

  4. I dont care what many ignorant reverse racist white people say… anyone who could lead a team in interceptions one season then lead the conference in receptions the next is very impressive.

  5. I dont care what anyone says… a guy who could lead a team in interceptions one season then lead the conference in receptions the next is very impressive.

  6. Thank you Axewood, it’s nice to know there’s at least one person on this site that graduated high school.

  7. When Furrey started for the Lions, mental giants like Mitch Albom said it was insanity. they reasoned that despite being overweight, slow, and lazy, Mike Williams should be the starter because the was a first round draft choice.
    Martz was right about Furrey, and about Williams. Furrey went from obscurity to one of the most productive receivers in the league. For Jay Cutler, Furrey will be a reliable target who will do his job in the Mike Martz scheme. This is really good for the Bears.
    Also, Furrey was a 100% class act in Detroit, on and off the field.
    When Martz brought the Greatest Show on Turf to Detroit, the Lions actually won games! Every game was a shoot out because the defense was useless.
    Millen then fired Martz, because scoring points conflicted with Millen’s vision of creating the first 0-16 team in the NFL.

  8. As a Browns fan who watched Furrey play slot receiver and safety for Cleveland last season, I think he’s a solid addition to just about any team. He’s not likely to ever come close to his ’06 receiving stats, but he’s a reliable set of hands on the offensive side of the ball, and a nice guy to have on the roster due to his flexibility and ability to play DB in a pinch. He’s not big, super fast, or flashy in any way, but he seems like a coaches dream as far as I can tell.

  9. I’m a Rams fan, and I can say even as a Rams receiver, Furrey wasn’t horrible. Furrey was a solid, possession receiver. Furrey’s only problem was the Rams had Isaac Bruce (declining, but still solid), Torry Holt (at his peak), Kevin Curtis (at his peak), Shaun McDonald (who ultimately became a Lion and was a decent receiver as well), and Dane Looker (a taller version of Mike Furrey, although not by much) who were above him on the depth chart. Furrey made a transition from WR to S mid-season (or at least mid-training camp) which says a lot about the guy’s will to succeed and about his drive to make his team better any way he can. I wish him the best, and I think he’d be a solid receiver for Cutler.

  10. @JimmyLions says: April 29, 2010 2:24 PM
    Millen then fired Martz, because scoring points conflicted with Millen’s vision of creating the first 0-16 team in the NFL.
    Very funny comment.

  11. I was surprised the Browns didn’t resign him. He was a great guy, had a good set of hands and provided depth on both sides of the ball. I know the Browns were looking to beef up the secondary in the draft (which they did), so maybe they didn’t value the depth he added to the defense as much.
    However, they didn’t use him much on offense. Chansi Stuckey became the slot receiver, but didn’t contribute much. The Browns haven’t signed a veteran receiver this offseason, and Furrey could’ve contributed had he been given the opportunity. He also would’ve been a good role model for the corps of young receivers they have.
    I wish him luck. He’s a class act.

  12. Dewey- excellent post. Not being a Bears fan won’t give you and insider’s look into the team. Just like I wouldn’t be good at gauging what the WRs might look like on Bucs. They have a lot of talent, and like Martz said, a ton of speed and athleticism. I can see the Bears having two 1,000 yard WRs next season, with Cutler throwing for 4k.
    JimmyLions- hysterical…that was totally Millen’s goal. Draft a ton of WRs, neglect the O-line, and provide the D with useless bodies. Schwartz and company really have the franchise going in the right direction. I can easily see 6-7 wins next year.

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