Guillory gonzo?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Is Brandon Guillory's career with the Edmonton Eskimos going to end in the same place it started?

The defensive end will start in today's East Division final against host Montreal Alouettes in what could be his final game for the Esks.

Guillory is a free agent at the end of this season.

Although he was benched three times this year, the 25-year-old import still finished tied for the team lead in sacks with six in just 11 games.

Now comes word that Guillory has a very good chance of landing with an NFL team this winter.

"I'm confident he will go through the NFL tryout circuit (in the off-season) and sign with a team," said his agent, CJ Laboy.

Sun Media has learned that Dallas, Arizona and San Diego have apparently shown an interest in Guillory.

The American teams are looking at Guillory to be a rush linebacker in a three-four defence.

If he doesn't land with an NFL club, he would surely be a hot commodity on the CFL free-agent market.

And it's hard to believe he would return to Edmonton.

Clearly stuck in the coaching staff's doghouse this year for his run defence skills, Guillory is now admitting he had "some disappointments" this year.

A team player since the day he arrived in Edmonton in 2006, his focus is on today's game against the heavily favoured Alouettes.

"I am going to try to win the Grey Cup," he remarked.

And if he wins today at Olympic Stadium, he'll get that chance next Sunday in the CFL's title game in the same venue.

If history repeats itself this afternoon, Guillory will get that chance.

It was in Olympic Stadium in the fall of 2006 that the Louisiana native had his coming out party in the CFL.

Technically his second game in Canada, it was really the game that hatched his career with the Esks.

"I had three (sacks that game) but it was offside (on one play)," remembered Guillory.

"Tico was offside. It had nothing to do with me."

Tico was the nickname for Antico Dalton.

He's long gone from the Eskimos and Guillory could be next.

Making approximately $50,000 this year, he would earn a minimum of $79,900 US if he just remained on an NFL practice roster next year.

Based on his sack totals and age in the CFL game, he will surely get a raise next year from other Canadian teams if he returned north in the free-agent market.

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WHO HAS THE EDGE?

Quarterback - Eskimos

Defensive line - Alouettes

Running back - Alouettes

Linebackers - Alouettes

Receivers - Alouettes

Secondary - Eskimos

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Return game - Eskimos

Coaching - Alouettes

Kicking - Alouettes


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