Darrius Heyward-Bey visits Lions, leaves without deal

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Free-agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey visited the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, but he left town without a deal.

Free-agent wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey's visit with the Detroit Lions has concluded without a deal, according to Dave Birkett. Heyward-Bey is on his way home now, and he told Birkett that he will use his "long flight" to think about his future plans. In other words, Heyward-Bey may be picking between the Lions and Indianapolis Colts, which also hosted him for a visit this week.

What's working in the Lions' favor if it is between them and the Colts is Matthew Stafford. Heyward-Bey told Anwar Richardson that he had a great visit with the Lions, and he talked up the idea of playing in their offense with Stafford.

Richardson reports that Heyward-Bey doesn't currently have any other visits scheduled. There is no timetable for a decision, but it does sound like Heyward-Bey will sign with either the Lions or Colts.

I'm obviously biased, but if I'm a receiver looking to take my career to the next level, it'd be tough to turn down a chance to play with Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush. We'll have to wait and see if Heyward-Bey feels the same way or if he'd rather join the Colts.

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