ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) _ The Detroit Lions signed receiver-turned-defensive back Mike Furrey to a one-year contract Tuesday.

Former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, now Detroit's offensive coordinator, persuaded Furrey to make the move from receiver to safety last year. Furrey started 11 games at safety in 2005, leading the Rams with four interceptions, including one he returned for a 67-yard touchdown. He also made 55 tackles.

The Lions listed Furrey as a wide receiver.

As a rookie in 2003, the Northern Iowa product and former Arena Football League star made 20 receptions for 189 yards in 13 games. Furrey caught only one pass in eight games two years ago.