In need of a wide receiver who can stretch the field opposite Calvin Johnson, the Lions have a visit scheduled with Darrius Heyward-Bay on Wednesday. The seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, Heyward-Bay had 140 catches in four seasons with the Oakland Raiders and averaged nearly 15 yards per catch. He caught a career-high 64 passes for 975 yards last year, and in 2009 ran the fastest time (4.30 seconds) at the NFL combine. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said at the NFL owners meetings last week that the financial considerations were a big part of the team’s decision not to bring back Heyward-Bay. Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record last year, but the Lions have injury concerns and few other deep threats in their receiving corps. Nate Burleson (broken leg) and Ryan Broyles (torn ACL) are coming off season-ending injuries, and both of those players and midseason trade acquisition Mike Thomas are considered slot receivers. The Lions have been quiet in free agency since a busy first 24 hours, when they signed running back Reggie Bush, safety Glover Quin and defensive end Jason Jones. Heyward-Bey reportedly visited the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.
Free agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay to visit with Lions
Detroit Free Press | Mar 26