Lions' Merritt signs with AFL's Crush

Columbus Lions wide receiver Anthony Merritt has signed with the Arena Football League’s Colorado Crush. He is expected to join the Crush immediately.

Merritt has been with the Crush before, but was released after training camp in 2007.

Merritt, a former Shaw standout, finished the 2008 season as the American Indoor Football Association’s leading receiver with 86 catches for 991 yards.

The Lions finished second in their division and are scheduled to play at division winner Mississippi in the playoff opener on July 5.