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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