Schilens, 27, played for the New York Jets last season. In 15 games, he caught 28 passes for 289 yards and two scores.
He spent his first four seasons with the Raiders and has 100 career catches for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns.
Schilens is a big body (6-4, 225) on the outside opposite Calvin Johnson. The Lions have been on the lookout for an outside receiver all offseason. They drafted Corey Fuller in the sixth round of April’s NFL Draft and dabbled in the free agent market.
Schilens will join Johnson, Ryan Broyles and Nate Burleson in the rotation of pass catchers heading into the start of training camp on Friday.
He’ll have competition for that spot, though, with Fuller, Patrick Edwards, Mike Thomas and others.
The team was also considering signing Laurent Robinson and Steve Breaston.
The Lions are now at a complete, 90-man roster.
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