A little known face to CFL fans is the latest player to opt out of his contact and try to take a crack at the NFL.
The Montreal Alouettes signed receiver Fabian Guerra Jr. to a two-year contract in December, but now the rookie is taking advantage of a cancelled season to try and make it big in his home country.
“I decided to opt out of my CFL contract for an opportunity to live my dream. Took me four years and four different leagues to get to the CFL. All I’m asking for is a 15 min workout from a NFL team,” Guerra tweeted on Tuesday.
Undrafted out of tiny Fairmont State, Guerra began his career with the National Arena League’s Carolina Cobras, before getting a chance with the Memphis Express of the now defunct Alliance of American Football. He went on to ply his trade for the Arena Football League’s Columbus Destroyers and was named co-Rookie of the Year before the AFL folded in November. The Alouettes have employed several AFL Rookie of the Year winners, including long time backup quarterback Adrian McPherson, current defensive back Greg Reid, and fellow rookie pass catcher Malachi Jones.
Guerra has not lacked for ambition and made local headlines last week when he tweeted directly at his hometown Miami Dolphins and their chief executive officer Tom Garfinkel asking for a tryout following the announcement that the CFL had cancelled their season.
Should Guerra not find an NFL opportunity, his rights would be held by the Alouettes if he chooses to return to the CFL.