Detroit made the move Wednesday, adding the undrafted rookie from North Carolina State two days after he was cut by the Buccaneers.
The 6-foot-4, 212-pound Payton will get a chance to compete for a roster spot at a position led by Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate.
Payton had 23 receptions for 481 yards and three touchdowns last season as a senior. He had 85 catches for 1,424 yards and five scores in his career with the Wolfpack.
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