The Edmonton Eskimos have lost promising offensive lineman Trey Darilek to the NFL.
The former starting centre has signed with the Miami Dolphins.
A fourth-round draft pick in the 2004 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, Darilek signed with the Esks last September. The hulking lineman - six-foot-five inches, 310 pounds - played five games to end last season with the Green and Gold.
By using the option-year escape clause in his CFL contract, the 26-year-old import had until Feb. 15 to sign in the NFL.
This will be Darilek's second tour of duty with the Dolphins. He spent a limited amount of time with Miami after being released by the Eagles in 2006.
In total, the Texas native has played in 18 NFL games - all with the Eagles.
Darilek's departure leaves the Esks with three other linemen - Rhett McLane, Tim Bakker and Aaron Fiacconi - to compete for the starting centre position at training camp.
EXTRA POINTS ...
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers bolstered their coaching staff yesterday by hiring Dan Daniel - who earned Grey Cup rings as a defensive assistant with Edmonton in '78 and '81 - as their defensive backs coach ... The Hamilton Tiger-Cats re-signed defensive back Lawrence Gordon yesterday to a two-year contract.