Dahrran bounces back

Former Edmonton Eskimos' Dahrran Diedrick is on the verge of signing with the Montreal Alouettes....

Former Edmonton Eskimos' Dahrran Diedrick is on the verge of signing with the Montreal Alouettes. (Edmonton Sun/Perry Mah)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

One week after being dumped by the Edmonton Eskimos, Dahrran Diedrick is back in business.

The non-import running back is scheduled to arrive in Montreal today to sign a contract with the Alouettes - which means he could be back at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday when the East Division leaders make their only visit to Edmonton.

"It would be a little weird (to play Edmonton)," said Diedrick, who doesn't know if he'll be activated to the roster this week or will have to wait a little longer.

"Those are all my friends and my teammates I was just with a week prior."

But even if Diedrick doesn't dress, he could provide help to the Montreal coaches with his knowledge of some of the Eskimo playbook.

However, the 27-year-old denies he would do that.

"I wouldn't go around and give away secrets of another team I played for," he said.

The defending Grey Cup champions cut Diedrick last Monday, painting the picture of a club being flush with Canadian running backs and needing to cut salary.

But a main reason behind the release was the fact Diedrick's mental preparation wasn't to the level the club wanted.

To no surprise, Diedrick cracked back, believing he didn't get an opportunity to show his skills during his 10 months with the Green and Gold.

Regardless, with a sparkling college resume - 2,745 rushing yards at the University of Nebraska - he quickly attracted interest from Montreal, Calgary and B.C.

But the former Ontario high school star chose Montreal because it's close to home.

"And (Montreal is) offering that I will still be able to get my option year and that's important," he remarked.

Diedrick is scheduled to enter his option year next season, meaning if he plays well in Montreal his stock will rise and he could jump to the NFL.


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