Sources: Lions to meet with WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

Posted by ttwentyman on March 26, 2013 – 10:39 am

The Lions are in need of an outside receiver who can stretch the field since the release of Titus Young after the season and will meet with free agent receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey this week, according to league sources.

The seventh-overall pick of the 2009 draft by the Raiders, Heyward-Bey had 41 catches for 606 yards and five touchdown this past season. His best year came in 2011, when he caught 64 passes for 945 yards (15.2 average) and four touchdowns.

In four seasons, the speedster has 140 catches for 2,071 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Heyward-Bey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.30 flat at the NFL Combine in 2009. He would have the potential to be the speed element opposite Calvin Johnson that the Lions had in Young, and are looking to employ again.

The team has also brought in receivers Justin Hunter (Tennessee), Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee) and Robert Woods (USC) for pre-draft visits.

Heyward-Bey has been making the free agent rounds, reportedly visiting with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.

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43 Responses to “Sources: Lions to meet with WR Darrius Heyward-Bey”

  1. By Mike Barnett on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Heyward Bey is the guy the Lions need to sign. He would fit in good with Megatron, and the Bush Man, team’s would not want to face Detroit. Two fast and tall receivers and a fast running back, coming out the back field or the same team WOW!!!!!!

  2. By william wilson on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I would like somebody to talk to mayhew abd tell him to draft cordavelle patterson, he is special player and he would make the lions superbowl bound, he is a football player I know them when I see them!

  3. By Drew on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Agree. If fully healthy, DHB is the exact kind of WR we need opposite CJ, fast and big and able to stretch the field both long and wide. We’d still have Burleson and Broyles to run the slot and other developing back-ups at wideout, including Durham, Edwards and hopefully a draftee. If Lions like what they see in him, perhaps they can leverage opportunity to play opposite CJ and on this offense to keep the asking price down. Very exciting.

  4. By hassien on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    if we get darrius we goin to the playoffs

  5. By Tom Riddell on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    This would be very good pickup

    It would allow us move Nate to slot

    add bush out back Field it’s pick your Posiion with our office

    Double CJ okay fine We can go Bay or nate or Bush or one of the TE’s

    Play Deep zone we dump off to the to Bush

    8 in box we go long ..

  6. By Lub k on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Hassien…. Slow down… I’m excited about DHB maybe coming here too, but playoffs? I think the problem was last year our defense not the offense! Granted DHB would make a huge difference since crybaby is gone, but we need to get our d shored up before we even say playoffs!

  7. By Dan on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Darius would be a good addition, for sure! I am wondering what other additions the Lions will make in free agent signings – maybe a linebacker???

  8. By Mike Barnett on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I love it when Real Lions fans think alike, if the Fords can put this right parts together. There is no reason Detroit can’t be in the playoffs for year’s to come!

  9. By Raymond on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Great addition Heyward Bey! Resign j.Hanson what’s taking so long? Position player sign him.

  10. By Don on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Apparently most of you have not seen him play. He was terrible at Oakland when he was “the guy”. Bad hands and bad route running. Not a good fit for the Lions.

  11. By john on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    that would be great.They could field a fast set and a tall set causing match up probs for d’s.I liked what they have with Durham being tall with good speed

  12. By Brayden Fannon on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    This would be a great acquisition. Please work it out and sign him!! Go Lions!

  13. By Gunther on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Yes! absolutely they should sign him, I’ve been really hoping for this one. Hopefully he realizes the opportunity signing in Detroit woud afford him

  14. By Rod on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Consensus on a player across the board (so far). Amazing.

    Opens up some great possibilities for the offense, let’s hope they’re on the same page for money and get a deal sorted.

    Can focus on OLine and D in the draft then.

  15. By jeff on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Its an interesting move. What DHB would offer the lions is a speed guy. My concern would be health. However, if he can be signed without overpaying him, I think he would be a nice compliment to CJ.

  16. By Vince on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Would be a great addition to the offense, get a deal done !

  17. By marcus on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    I believe!

  18. By Bleedlionblu on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Bey dropped alot of balls in oakland I hope he can do better here although those numbers aren’t bad. But he was the raider star wasn’t he so maybe those numbers are high cause he was thrown to the majority of the time and they really should be better. I sure am glad were trying to make noise in free agency but it seems were really missing some big pieces so it’s still nervous time. But this offseason really feels good doesn’t it

  19. By Dave "Waz" on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    There’s an old saying: “Speed Kills”. This combination would strike fear into ANY defensive secondary in the league. Still need a little time for these guys to get down field. Sign Darrius, draft Jarvis Jones at linebacker to shore up the “D” and start loading up on “the beef” up front to protect Stafford and buy that time. The draft is loaded with offensive linemen and many teams have other needs. The added picks could very likely give us depth at that position. Go Lions!!!

  20. By Jeff on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    SIGN HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. By Ken on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Question is do we have enough left in the piggy bank to sign anymore free agents. I think the well is running dry and I think we have already spent quite a bit of money over the next few years. Pay him $100 this year and next and then see if he can wait until 2016 for a $10 million bonus? Go Lions.

  22. By John turner on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    Sign bay, draft de Ziggy ansah! Then off. Tackle. Then db, then Super Bowl!!!!!

  23. By Aric Sisty on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    GET VICTOR CRUZ and your problems are solved!

  24. By ed-ro' on Mar 26, 2013 | Reply

    DHB was not particularly productive in years past but that was because he did not have a qualified QB to get him the ball. I think given the chance and with an elite signal caller he could prosper in Detroit. If the asking price is right it’s a win win for both!

  25. By John on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Sign Bey, Draft a kicker, use the $2 Mil to help fill the gap, Hanson is set to retire anyways (I love him) but the future is now. You’ll only need an extra point kicker with a shorter range feild goal kicker. Stafford won’t have excuses, See what he’s reaaly made of. Next year adjust his contract accordingly.

  26. By Seth on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    If the Lions sign DHB, I will be elated. Already an incedible off-season that I didn’t think was possible. (With Durant being the only exception, we kept everyone we made it a priority to keep and signed Bush at a value price, Quin at a value price, and a much cheeper, maybe better fit DE to replace losing Avril. Thank you Mr. Mayhew for placing the Lions in a position to succeed! Our offense could be scary good if we add a deep threat that can burn seconaries double and triple covering Megatron. Not only that, signing DHB would really open up our ability to stay true to the “best player available” strategy Mayhew has preached over the past several years. At five, I would be happy with any one of Milliner, Ansah, Joekel, or Fisher… and assuming that Star, Jarvis, Sharrif, or even Geno go in the top four, one of those guys will fall to us. I would do a happy dance if one of the OTs fell and we were then able to follow it up with another OL like Barrett Jones, Justin Pugh, Long from Oregon… then in the next few rounds, grab 2 or 3 DEs, a LB, and a CB… needless to say, I am excited to rejoin the Blue and Silver wave in September!

  27. By Mike Barnett on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    Detroit and the Fords if you say that you want a winner and to be in the Super Bowl. Then get Megatron that help on the other side of him, sign Mr Heyward Bey.

  28. By Sanders on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    This would be an awesome signing if we have enough money left! Plus then we could focus on other needs besides WR in the draft. Get some OLs and our offense would be beastly. There’d be no excuse not to put up 40+ points a game.

  29. By Lion Blood on Mar 27, 2013 | Reply

    DHB SPEED and the best WR in the history of the NFL with a home run threat at RB
    I like it I like it I like it I like it !!!!

    Will the FS and SS Cheat now like last season ?????

  30. By Beetle on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Yea. This would be an excellent signing. The D-Coordinator’s would have mental breakdowns trying to figure out who to worry about. Of course they will still worry about CJ with the double coverages which should open up DHB for the burn. Then the defenses will want to double cover him also, which will in turn open up the middle behind the linebackers until they drop back into coverage. Then Reggie will have a field day running or playing pitch and catch out of the backfield. OMG!!! There absolutely would not be any reason except for every skill player getting hurt at the same time that the Lions couldn’t just score at will any time they have the ball and pretty quickly. WWWOOOOOOOOWWW !!!! gotta love it. :) :) :)

  31. By eddie Hiller on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Signing Darrius Heywood Bey would be a great pick up for us sign him

  32. By Ron on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Signing Darrius Heyward-Bey would greatly enhance the Lions offense. With the addition of Reggie Bush and DHB, factor in Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson, Ryan Broyles & Mikell Leshoure, man the Detroit Lions will cause hell for the NFL. Giving QB Matt Stafford another big and fast target is exactly what the Dr. has ordered. Darrius sign with the Lions and you will not regret it!

  33. By Ron Medina on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Sign DHB, ASAP. I think the lions are in need of a good LB. Draft Dion Jordan and if he’s not available grab Werner. Then OL in later rounds.

  34. By ed-ro' on Mar 28, 2013 | Reply

    Looks like it’s between the Colts and the Lions. DHB is leaning towards our way per Rotoworld.

    Lets hope if he does sign that his hands are as good as we think it is. We know he has the speed but can he catch. He caught a lot of balls with his body… not his hands and was labelled as having hands of stone in OAK. Hope this is more due to the anemic Raider offense and not talent.

  35. By Carl on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    Nice thought and a dimension that we do need however not the right player. There is no point of being able to blow by everyone in the secondary if you cant catch the rock and he has way to many drops. Acutally he’s the reason why we’ve beat them the past few years because of his deep drops. But we do need to look at fillin this void to help Calvin and Bush.

  36. By Shane Fountain on Mar 29, 2013 | Reply

    DHB JUS SIGN THIS DUDE !!!!! there is absolutely no reason to not !!! he can not command alot of money cause his fiorst 4 years have not been that great with the raiders Mayhew You kno0w we need this guy do your thing And gewt CJ involved to talk DHB into signing with the team CMON LETS GO LIONS !!!! SUPERBOWL BABY :P

  37. By Bill on Mar 30, 2013 | Reply

    Get him.

    There’s still other areas of concern, though, and although you could pick up a stud with the #5 pick in the draft, that stud can only play one position on the field. Does anyone know if the team has shown any interest in DeAngelo Hall or Brandon Moore?

  38. By Ben on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    I really hope this pans out. I check multiple times a day just waiting to see that he’s been signed. I think its a smart fit for both parties. Lions need depth at WR, and DHB needs to find a team that fits his skill set. The question becomes at what cost can we make this happen. I think there is a good chance we do land him but I don’t see a lengthy contract at this time because of cap space. But again it will be good for both parties, the lions will have another weapon on offense. and Bey will fit into an offense where he wont have to be “the guy” and therefore will have better opportunities to increase his stock for another go at free agency, or potentially land long term in Detroit to become a great one two punch with fellow WR Calvin Johnson for years to come. I really hope you come to Detroit Darrius, we need the skills and speed you offer, and you could use the consistency, and production you could gain from playing with this already successful offense. Don’t forget what Reggie Bush will add to this group as well. This could be a very very dangerous offense with your services. You cashed in when you were drafted into this league with a nice contract, take this opportunity to build your stats and sharpen your skills and you will cash in again! You just may not quite get the capital your looking for at this point in time.

  39. By Ron on Mar 31, 2013 | Reply

    I too have been awaiting a response from Darrius and the Lions. I tweeted DHB and told him that the Detroit Lions fans are clamoring over him and that he would be a perfect alongside his fellow ACC Wideout! I hopes he signs with the Lions as well because they could probably set many records in the NFL. Let’s get it Darrius, sign with the Lions and keep it moving playa!

  40. By ed-ro' on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    There are reports that the Vikings are in the mix! I would not be happy if that is what happens!!!

  41. By Polkpeezy on Apr 1, 2013 | Reply

    I like the Idea of Darius HB but if we could land Patterson from Tennessee that would be a cheaper deadly 1 – 2 punch Megatron Patterson it’s wrap plus Patterson learning from the best oooooooo weeeeeee

  42. By ed-ro' on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    He’s gone to the Colts!

  43. By Black Wolf Standing on Apr 2, 2013 | Reply

    DHB signed with the Colts.

    Hey Lion’s management, you might want to keep in touch with these WR’s you think will be a fit. Especially if they haven’t signed elsewhere yet.

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