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Report: Mike Daniels expected to sign with Bengals

Nope, he’s not coming back.

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For those hoping the Detroit Lions give Mike Daniels another chance after his 2019 season, you may want to sit down.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Daniels is visiting with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, and if everything goes as planned, he “is expected to be a Bengal.”

Daniels was a late addition to the Lions’ training camp roster last year after the Packers made a somewhat surprising move by cutting him. The Lions made a hard play for him—handing him a one-year, $9.1 million contract, and pairing him with Damon Harrison Sr., Da’Shawn Hand and A’Shawn Robinson seemed like a pretty impressive force on the defensive interior.

Unfortunately, Daniels struggled to stay healthy in 2019. A foot injury caused him to miss five games in the middle of the season, and he was placed on injured reserve two weeks before the end of the year. He only managed 10 tackles and 1.0 sacks in nine games played.

Publicly, Daniels said he was open to a reunion in Detroit. He was wildly impressed with Detroit’s locker room and their attitude.

“Oh, yeah,” Daniels said when asked if he was willing to return to Detroit back in May. “Man, that defensive group, I haven’t played with—and in Green Bay we had a lot of really good players and then we had some really hard, tough guys sprinkled in. Detroit was just nothing but a bunch of hard, tough guys.

But Daniels also made some comments that suggested he wasn’t happy with his playing time in Detroit. Whether he was talking about a coaching decision or simply the product of his injuries isn’t clear.

Either way, it looks like the Lions will be rolling with the likes of Da’Shawn Hand, Danny Shelton and Nick Williams on the interior this year. But after the opting out of John Atkins earlier this offseason, don’t be surprised if the Lions look to add some competition at some point over the next month.