Thursday, December 1, 2016
FARHAN WITH A REPORT ON DURANT
LALJI: I think you're going to hear something in the next week to 10 days. I think both sides want some clarity in the situation sooner rather than later. When we went through the situation last week, it certainly sounded like both sides were wrapping their heads around moving on. There are some bad feelings there.
Chris Jones has said some things about Durant having some "moderate success" as a quarterback which offended Darian. It's funny because when you follow the NHL arbitration process, this is par for the course. Teams and players carve each other, then an arbitrator decides the contract terms and everybody kisses and makes up. But an arbitrator's not going to make this decision and I think both sides like the idea of Darian being a lifelong Rider.
And truly they're not totally far apart on what the compensation will look like except Darian wants it guaranteed and the club isn't willing to guarantee more than 75-80% of it. They want the rest of it to be in games played and roster bonuses.
That's kind of where they're at but it's also become about more than just money. If I'm Chris Jones, I'm gonna kick as many tires on Matt Nichols and James Franklin and maybe even Henry Burris. Who knows on Henry, but I doubt it. But kick as many tires as you can and if none of that is happening, then maybe you circle back.
If you're Darian, there's nothing you can really do but wait until February and see what's offered in free agency but I do think something's going to happen in the next week to 10 days.
*James Franklin is currently under contract with the Edmonton Eskimos for 2017 at a salary of $55,000 as a back-up to Mike Reilly. On Monday there was a report that Eskimos GM Ed Hervey is attempting to sign Franklin to a contract extension.
In the past 24 hours, Franklin reached out to CFL great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon on Twitter asking for some advice on some upcoming personnel decisions.
Moon replied to Franklin saying he'd like to chat and requested that he message him privately.