Realty One

Access

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CARTERI CHIMES IN ON THE DURANT SITUATION

The 2016 Grey Cup is over and we've returned to the matter at hand in Riderville: the Darian Durant contract talks with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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."

Join the club!

RP
@rodpedersen

35 comments:

13th Man said...

Sign Darian!!! Failure to do so, and if the Riders do not make the Playoffs is a guarantee that another Rider house cleaning will occur. I understand the player swinging door is already starting for 2017 with signings today of players from other teams - but no Darian.

Can't wait to learn of the expenditures for 2016. It appeared the GM thought the Riders had a bottomless pit of money. Of course the 2017 ticket prices had to go up along with moving many holders into the Gold Zone. Me thinketh it is all going to backfire in 2018. Surely Reynolds understands the cost/benefit theory with his financial background. No entertainment - no buy tickets.

Dick Rubnutz said...

Reach a deal that's in the best interest of the team. We have other holes to fill and it would be irresponsible to spend more than what is required to get his name on the dotted line.

I cheer for the Riders, not the Durants

Anonymous said...

To Dick Rubnutz;

We have no other holes to fill???

We have the worst O-line in league history and you're fine with that?

So today we announce four new recruits, none of which can play on the O-line.

But you're right. If the Riders don't fix the hoggies there's no sense signing DD or any other QB.

Anonymous said...

Fill your holes all you want. If you don't have a strong QB at the helm the season is over before it even starts.

w said...

Nuke the coach KEEP doubles.
Darian's done way more than the egomaniacal coach.

Anonymous said...

If i was DD i wouldnt sign, not until Riders start making a commitment to fix o-line, start signing players.
Otherwise doubles chances of getting hurt goes up and possibly end his career, and for what....just so riders can have another 18 game pre-season.
Hold out doubles, wait till contract is good for you, get the guaranteed $$$.

Clarkenstein said...

Johnny Unitas couldn't win behind that sad O-Line.

Anonymous said...

This might be the most uneducated thread of all time, and that is saying something!

Spend money on the O-line! What exactly does that mean? Are you saying get rid of Best, LaBatte, Clark, Vonk and St. John? People in the know realize tackles don't cost a lot of money. Jarriel King was a huge addition to the line when he got healthy, will be better next year and will make a great tackle. Funny thing is, the weakest spot on the line is at centre but how many people want to get rid of the regina boy?

AND to the smart guy above, one of the four new recruits is an offensive lineman! Look again.

Everyone will soon realise Darian has nowhere to go. And as much as the Riders need him, Darian needs the Riders. They will kiss and make up before February 1.

Anonymous said...

Anyone that thinks a healthy Brandon LaBatte fixes the O-line is delusional. He may be 20% of it.

John Knight said...

To the anon poster criticizing Dick Rubnitz. Learn how to read. They signed an offensive lineman from Hamilton. (Terrance Campbell. Also, you have to evalute players at camps before you sign them

Anonymous said...

Re John Knight - they already signed the 4 players and yes like all players they attend camp and can make it or not. In this case all 4 are a waste of time as they have already shown with other teams, they are not starters.

They where signed within hours of becoming available as the season ended so TAMPERING is alive and well with jones and murphy.

Anonymous said...

Much like the old song by the band Foreigner: I heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who said that the Riders are not messing around!

Anonymous said...

Actually, if you follow along as soon as a team ends their season players on the practice roster are free agents unless they are re-signed by their team.

So the players on Winnipeg and Hamilton have actually been free agents for over two weeks. Just like the players on the Riders practice roster.

You are wrong.

-The Brutal Truth

Anonymous said...

Sign another couple of receivers, that will fix the O-line.

Anonymous said...

Ottawa fans sure had one heck of a parade today down Bank St. A fan base and city very deserving of their team and its victory.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid that because Rider fans want Durant back as our QB, that will give Jones extra motivation to not sign him. I think he has such a massive ego that he will do whatever he wants even if it's to the detriment of the team.

Morgan said...

I'm ok with losing Darian as long as the money saved is allocated to fix the lines (offense and defense). They also need to recruit a good young qb or two... Franklin is not the answer. I'd rather have powerhouse offensive and defensive lines than an all star qb who won't last a whole season because he's going to get killed out there. I love Durant but maybe he doesn't fit into our future.

Anonymous said...

Actually, that "Foreigner" song was by REO Speedwagon. Good point though.

Anonymous said...

Carm says the Riders are offering $250,000.

Rod wrote a couple weeks back the number is $350,000.

Farhan Lalji reports the number is $400,000.

How can anyone have an opinion when they don't know what they are commenting on?

Anonymous said...

Hate to break it to you Morgan, but without an elite quarterback there is no chance that the Riders will hoist a Grey Cup anytime soon and that is the whole point of the season(s) to come. So yes, Durant is the only answer for the year ahead, not recruiting a "good young qb or two".

Anonymous said...

Read the post again. It reads we have other holes. Read first then post.

Anonymous said...

Don't know of any dead QB that could win behind that line but lots of live ones that could.
RIP Mr Unitas

Warren said...

Cfl season is over. We are in the toilet. My feelings is its Chris Jones fault. I grade his performance as a GM a dismal failure. One. no GM in his right mind cuts 26 players from a 44 man roster. I am sure some of them would of been serviceable starters or backups. Two. With the first pick overall there was better offence lineman in the draft. Instead of picking a U. S. college lineman who lost his job after four games to a sophomore. For example the starting right tackle for the Red Blacks. Three. When the Cfl officials phone and ask what day they can come to practice put the extra 40 players on a bus to Moose Jaw for a couple days and hide them. Result a 60,000 fine. Nice. Four giving up draft picks for American players. Dumb. Our next pick after first was 34. We missed the 10, 19, 28 picks in what was called the deepest draft in decades. Especially important when you need 7 starters out of your starting 24.

Anonymous said...

Very good points. I agree 100%

Anonymous said...

I read these garbage comments every day. People we are in a major rebuild because of GREY CUP winning season 2013. I can't understand why you people can't get it. We need a young qb to grow with the rest of the young team. Jones will have this team challenging for a grey cup in 2 years.

Warren said...

Chris Jones third job is defense coordinator. He has been in the league for years running a similar defense. I don't remember when his defense was ranked no. 1 overall. Perhaps the rest of the league has caught up with his schemes. I thought when it was said he wants players to learn tw0 or more spots because of injuries was a good idea. I didn't realize that he meant a defensive end should be able to play, linebacker and drop 30 yards into zone coverage like a defensive back. Tall order. However with a more conventional defense and two great d ends like Shawn Lemon and John Chick with some big bodies inside we might of had a bunch of sacks, pressures and run stopping capability. In short a better defense that might of kept us in some more games. Instead of looking for the perfect body type maybe we should be looking for players that can play the position.

Warren said...

The fourth job of Chris Jones is head scout. He tried very hard. Running lots of mini camps and evaluating 3000 football players. Some how it didn't turn into very many starting spots. We did bring in a bunch of ex CFL players that had a NFL tryouts and some players cut by other teams. That filled a few spots. With 7 starting spots on our starting 24 maybe we could try running a half a dozen or so Canadian mini camps. I don't know if the talent in these camps where that poor or the assessment of the talent was poor. The point I am trying to make is perhaps four jobs is too much for one man. Doing one or two jobs very well is better than doing four jobs poorly. Trust some new people, spread the responsibilities. Possibly earning your 675,000.

Anonymous said...

I, as well, don't understand why "you people" don't get it. A young rebuilding team needs a handful of wily veterans to teach the young guys. One of those veterans should be your QB because he has a lot of influence on every offensive play and has a lot of experience that he can pass on. Let me use an example. Ottawa has won a Grey Cup in their third year back in the league. They did it with an experienced QB. Not with a young QB with a lot yet to learn. Don't bother telling me that they also had Trevor Harris because he has also been in the league for five or six years and it was Burris that won the big game. If you can, please name a rookie QB that has started and taken their team to the promised land; because I cannot think of anyone. You just keep living in your Jones bubble. Without Durant, we will not even make the playoffs in 2017.

Anonymous said...

Thats not how its done. Young team needs a mature qb. Not sure why you just dont get it.

Anonymous said...

A veteran qb that's able to teach ( I personally don't think Durant is a good qb) sorry, plus with his contract it doesn't allow a backup decent playing time which you have to admit backups need to move into the starters role. Travis lulay did pretty good as a rookie, Ricky Ray wasn't too shabby either. Those two off the top of my head. I understand and played enough sports to realize you need veterans on your team for leadership but you need the right leaders. Let's face it Durant will never play a full season again.

Anonymous said...

I remember a guy named Darian Durant that was really impressive as a youngster. Hes still very impressive, even moreso in many ways now. We should look into that guy.

Anonymous said...

Ricky Ray started as a third stringer, playing behind Jason Maas. He did start in week five of that year because of injuries. Travis Lulay did not play in his first regular season. He started the fourth game in his second year and played a very limited amount that year. He was behind Casey Printers and Jarius Jackson. We do not know that Durant will never play a full season again. He is a very good leader. Why else would Roosevelt and Edwards be on social media asking the Riders to sign Doubles? I am a Riders fan and I am a Durant fan. I am not a Jones fan. He is not a very good leader, in my opinion. Jones belittling Durant's accomplishments and talents in an interview while negotiating a contract is as low as you can get.

Anonymous said...

Again this proves my point 3rd stringers getting a chance to play and letting them make mistakes. Jones is the gm of the riders his job is not to be the players friend he's there boss and his job is to get the best possible deal for the Saskatchewan roughriders.

Anonymous said...

Lulay did not start his first year and Ray only did because of injury. Jones has more than one job; there lays part of the problem. His jobs include finding talent, signing players, developing those players and ultimately, putting the best team on the field to win games. He has had twenty games to start that process. He failed miserably in 2016. He only found a few new players; most players that were on the field came from other team's cuts; a fact that most other coaches have been criticized for. He signed players who immediately retired. He signed Cappicotti in the $200,000 range but now won't give a franchise QB a decent salary. He tried to develop basketball players into football players. He tried to develop players that could play several different positions until they couldn't play any position well. He put a dreadful team on the field that won very few games. Tell me where you would give him a passing mark because I give him an F right across the board. And I didn't even mention player relations. If you have ever worked for anyone, you would know that bosses should not throw anyone under the bus in public. In fact, coaches have been fired for just that. Perhaps he did well in Edmonton because he was not GM, only the coach. He had to work with the players he was given, not develop a turnstile of players that resembled a Black Friday sale. I see a repeat in 2017 because he still doesn't seem to know which direction to go in. He wants a bargain basement team. I want a winning team. Durant could lead that winning team. But you keep living in that Jones bubble, until it bursts.

Legalize It said...

I would say toronto and winnipeg could use him, and montreal was already inquiring before the season ended. But he has missed 2 of the last 3 season to injury and didn"t have yhe greatest year. Its obvious the oline needs some work, but if you have a qb with the skill set of a sunseri it doesn't matter how good the line is. Just like a great qb can look average or less without a line. I think what they should do is find an agreeable garanteed salary and have added performanc3 incentives