Defensive back Damian Daniels will return to the Columbus Lions for the 2011 season, Lions coach Jason Gibson confirmed Wednesday.
Daniels, a three-time defensive MVP, announced he would sign with the AFL's Cleveland Gladiators in October, but it appears he's staying in Columbus. A press release with more details is expected shortly.
Wide receiver Troy Bergeron, a former Lions and Shaw teammate of Daniels', also signed with Cleveland in October but then went on to sign with the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad in December. He has since signed a contract with the Cowboys to keep him with the team through the offseason. Bergeron spent last season bouncing between the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad and active roster but had to leave the team when his practice-squad eligibility ran out.
The Lions first announced Daniels' return at about 3 p.m. Wednesday on Twitter.
Daniels captured his third defensive MVP award in four seasons last year as he helped the Lions to the Southern Indoor Football League championship, marking the first league title for the team.
The Lions have spent the offseason bolstering their defense with several big signings including former Georgia DE/LB Marcus Washington and a trio of former Florida Gators standouts in defensive backs Markihe Anderson and Wondy Pierre-Louis and linebacker Dustin Doe. For more on the Lions' recent signings, check out this blog post.