December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (85) celebrates after a touchdown reception during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions to Host Darrius Heyward-Bey for Free Agency Visit

The Detroit Lions are serious about adding a wide receiver to the 2013 roster. That much should have been obvious from Martin Mayhew’s public comments and the fact that the team used their first three pre-draft visits on wide receiver prospects. Now they are showing interest in a free agent, former Oakland Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reported today that Heyward-Bey will be in town for a visit with the Lions on Wednesday.

He’s a bigger name than his production warrants because of his status as a former top-ten pick but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a good fit for the Lions. If the money is right, he’s a near perfect fit.

The Lions don’t need Heyward-Bey to come in and be the primary receiving weapon the Raiders expected when they took him with the seventh overall pick in 2009. Calvin Johnson has that role locked down in Detroit. DHB’s job would be to compliment Megatron as the team’s second deep threat on the outside. Titus Young was supposed to be that guy but his epic flameout leaves the Lions with another need at wide receiver.

One fan sure to be excited by this report is SideLion Report’s Braden Shackelford who took a look at Heyward-Bey last week before any official links between the sides were reported. You can read Braden’s take here.

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