Bengals invite two veteran wide receivers, Mike Furrey and Ashley Lelie

With Laveranues Coles long gone, and a contract offer still up in the air, the Bengals have invited two veteran wide receivers; Mike Furrey of the Detroit Lions and Ashley Lelie from the Oakland Raiders.

Furrey was signed by the Indianapolis Colts in 2000 as an undrafted free agent. He's played for the Rams and Lions, recording his career high in 2006 recording 98 receptions (2nd in NFL), 1,086 yards and six touchdowns. He's played in 78 career games. Furrey was in the XFL in 2001 (243 yards receiving on 18 receptions, one touchdown), the AFL in 2002 (74 receptions, 1,055 yards, 27 touchdowns), before joining the Rams in 2003.

Furrey is an Ohio boy (Grove City), with a brief stint at Ohio State. After playing nine games as a walk-on freshman, Furrey transferred to Northern Iowa, with 1,000 yards receiving in each of this three seasons there, and an All-Gateway Conference selection as a senior. Furrey finished his Northern Iowa career with 242 receptions, 3,544 yard receiving and 27 touchdowns.

As you can tell with my longer than usual descriptions, I'm intrigued.

Ashley Lelie has had stints with the Denver Broncos (2002-2005), the Falcons (2006), the 49ers (2007, and the Raiders (2008). Lelie was traded in 2006 because of his unsatisfactory contract situation, then he was allowed to buy out his own contract in 2007. He was also cut by the 49ers.

AS you can tell with my less-than-usual descriptions, I would pass, pass, pass. As in, not being intrigued -- not to be confused with the actual art of passing to him. Had to clear that up.

(h/t to Dave for finding the original piece)

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