Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (85) splits out wide during the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Former Raider WR Darrius Heyward-Bey Wants to Play For Lions

Former Raider Darrius Heyward-Bey is looking for a job, and he likes what he sees in the Lions.

Heyward-Bey visited with the Lions today and left without a deal, but is very optimistic that he will be playing in Detroit.

“It’s very appealing,” Heyward-Bey told “Number one, he (Stafford) is a great guy. I’ve known him since we were coming out in the draft. We worked out in Arizona together. Just the ability of him to throw the ball and how smart he is, and coach lets him do his thing back there.”

“The sky’s the limit,” he continued. “Adding Reggie (Bush) with Calvin (Johnson), Matt, (Brandon) Pettigrew, (Tony) Scheffler, all these guys. You still got the vet, Nate. You got the young guy, Broyles, who is coming off an injury, but still brings. It would be nice to be a part of something like that. I just got to sit back and think about it.”

Heyward-Bey was released by the Raiders earlier this offseason after spending four seasons with the team.

He was the seventh overall pick in 2009 and had a breakout season in 2011 when he caught 64 passes for 975 yards. However, he struggled last season with only 606 yards, and management decided to pull the strings on Heyward-Bey and his $7.9 million salary.

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