Lions sign WR Tai Streets

Updated: March 10, 2004, 8:59 PM ET

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions filled another need by signing receiver Tai Streets to a one-year contract Wednesday.

Last week, the Lions signed offensive lineman Damien Woody and cornerback Fernando Bryant.

"We still have holes we want to fill, but I'm pleased with the players we've added," Lions president Matt Millen said. "I want to be more pleased."

Streets, an unrestricted free agent, will be reunited with Steve Mariucci, who coached him in San Francisco.

"He knows the offense and he knows a lot of the coaches from San Francisco," Mariucci said. "This is a situation where he can hit things running when we start camp."

In five seasons with the 49ers, the former Michigan standout had 168 receptions for 2,008 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"He's got pretty good speed and he's a very reliable receiver," Mariucci said. "He's got a little nasty in him, too. He's willing to block if we need that.

"He became a starter when he filled in when J.J. Stokes was injured and he filled in so well that he never lost his job."

Streets started 16 games last season and caught 47 passes for 595 yards and seven TDs. In 2002, he had 72 receptions for 756 yards and five TDs.

"He's had success," Millen said. "He upgrades us."

Streets likely will play alongside Charles Rogers -- who had an injury-shortened rookie season last year -- and Az-Zahir Hakim when the Lions use at least three receivers.

"Tai's been good in the offense in San Francisco and can complement Charles Rogers very well," Mariucci said. "Bill Schroeder and Shawn Jefferson are gone and we're pretty thin at wide receiver now.

"It's a group we need to improve. You can never have enough receivers, especially when you're jumping into three and four wides."

Mariucci said the Lions may be interested in adding free agent linebacker Ian Gold, and running back Garrison Hearst, who played for Mariucci in San Francisco. Gold's season in Denver ended last year in October because of a knee injury.

Through free agency and the draft, Detroit needs help at linebacker because Jeff Gooch signed with Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Barrett Green joined the New York Giants earlier this week.

"We're not done, but I don't want to say anything beyond that at this point," Millen said.

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