Darrius Heyward-Bey's blazing 40 time vaulted him into the top 10 of the 2009 NFL draft. Now, the Lions are interested in adding the speed of the former Raider to their receiving corps.
The Lions are scheduled to host Heyward-Bey on a free-agent visit Wednesday in the hope he can be the deep threat they've long sought to complement Calvin Johnson.
The seventh overall pick in 2009, Heyward-Bey had 140 catches in four seasons with the Raiders and averaged nearly 15 yards per reception. 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 financial considerations were a big part of the team's decision to release Heyward-Bay.
Johnson broke Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record last year, but the Lions have injury concerns and few other field-stretching targets in their receiving corps.
Nate Burleson (broken leg) and Ryan Broyles (torn anterior cruciate ligament) are coming off season-ending injuries, Titus Young was cut last month, and Burleson, Broyles and midseason trade acquisition Mike Thomas fit best as slot receivers.
Heyward-Bey reportedly visited the Indianapolis Colts on Monday.