Tuesday, November 29, 2016
CARTERI CHIMES IN ON THE DURANT SITUATION
Long-time 620 CKRM Rider Radio analyst Carm Carteri offered his assessment of the situation on Monday's SportsCage after returning from Grey Cup in Toronto.
"I still don't like it but I feel a little bit better because Saturday night I was in downtown Toronto and I ran into a prominent reporter who'd seen Darian Durant at a party," Carteri reported. "He said that Darian mentioned that talks aren't as bad as everyone's made it sound like - or even he made it sound like when he came out right after the season - so I don't know if they were jostling for position or whatever.
"We had John Murphy on the radio on Friday and he really wouldn't say anything. I even ran into John Saturday night at the hotel and nobody's really saying anything. I don't want to elaborate and say what'll happen because I really don't know. That's between Darian, his agent and the Riders and it's a situation that I hope they deal with right away."
Carteri hopes for a resolution to the situation early in December, and not let it linger into the Free Agent period in February.
"Get it done, bring Darian back, and if you find a new younger guy, then cut Darian after training camp. Whatever," Carteri continued. "But you need to go into a camp with a guy who can lead this franchise. Look at Henry Burris! Darian's seven years younger than Hank and I think he can still do it. He's a guy, I think, this franchise needs and I think most of the Rider fans want him to start that first game in the New Mosaic Stadium. The Riders will have great receivers if they all come back, and I think Darian Durant hopefully will be throwing the ball to these guys. But I can't tell you right now what's going to happen."
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