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Thursday, January 19, 2017

ALOUETTES, DURANT AGREE ON 3-YEAR DEAL

MONTREAL - The Montreal Alouettes signed veteran quarterback Darian Durant to a three-year contract Thursday.

Montreal acquired Durant's rights from the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week. He was scheduled to become a free agent Feb. 14.

Durant spent 11 seasons with Saskatchewan and led the franchise to a Grey Cup title in 2013. The former University of North Carolina star also took the Riders to the CFL title game in 2009 and 2010, losing both times to Montreal.

"We are extremely happy to have reached an agreement with Darian and we are looking forward to see him lead our offence out on the field,'' Montreal GM Kavis Reed said in a statement. "The negotiations came to this rapid conclusion because both parties were anxious to get a deal done and start working together to bring a championship to the city of Montreal.''

Durant, 34, has appeared in 155 career CFL games and thrown for 28,136 yards with 149 TD strikes. He has also rushed for 2,888 yards on 369 carries (7.8-yard average) with 21 touchdowns.

Last year, the native of Florence, S.C., completed 290-of-431 passes (69.4 per cent) for 3,468 yards with 14 TDs. He added 274 yards rushing on 51 carries (5.3-yard average) with five touchdowns.

Montreal is banking on Durant to provide stability to a position that's seen a succession of players come and go the last three seasons. The Alouettes would also like him to help develop Vernon Adams, who took over as the starter late in the his rookie campaign and helped the club finish with three straight wins.

Montreal acquired Adams from the B.C. Lions for a first-round pick in May.

The quarterback position has been unsettled in Montreal since Anthony Calvillo, the Alouettes' offensive co-ordinator/quarterback coach and CFL's all-time passing leader, retired after the 2013 season.

Troy Smith, Alex Brink, Jonathan Crompton and Tanner Marsh are among the many who've played since then. Montreal felt it had the veteran it needed when Kevin Glenn was acquired late in the 2015 season, but he struggled to lead the offence last season and was traded after losing the starting job to Rakeem Cato.

Jacques Chapdelaine replaced Jim Popp as head coach Sept. 19 and went 4-2 down the stretch, although the Alouettes did not make the playoffs. He eventually made Adams the starter but was believed to be looking for a more experienced quarterback.

Montreal also allowed a CFL-high 64 sacks last season and will have to be better to protect Durant, who suffered season-ending injuries in 2014 (elbow) and 2015 (Achilles).

Durant has a 58-54-1 record in 113 career regular-season starts and is 5-1 as a starter in playoff games.

(CP)

37 comments:

Larry said...

That's a boat load of money.

John said...

Especially if the injuries keep piling up as they have. That's close to the same amount the Riders paid him to miss the best part of 2 seasons.

Anonymous said...

I am most curious what the cat calls from the east side will be when he returns. Wait a minute, there is no more east side per se. At the end of the day, Darian wanted money more than to finish his career as Rider. I guess that's the business side of things. Go Riders

LL

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Darian Durant on his new deal in Montreal. Montreal's QB position is no longer a "question mark". If Arash Madani's numbers are correct, it is totally understandable why he would turn down Saskatchewan's offer. Given his resume, I do believe Darain is getting fair market value with this contract. Evan

Anonymous said...

This is how its done you idiot - jones !!!!!

Anonymous said...

There is a difference though...unlike Sask, the Als will have an O-line in front him to keep him standing upright. Getting hot like he did in Sask the last three years I would guess he should have injuries.
Hey why not put Jones as a Qb...seems to think he can do everything else lol.

Anonymous said...

My early prediction for the Grey Cup in 2017: Calgary vs. Montreal.

George Porge said...

Kavis Reed as GM and Durant as quarterback for the Als. Well, at least Toronto doesn't have to worry about being last in the East again.

Anonymous said...

I remember him saying back then that he'd probably be "run out of town" before the new stadium is opened. What a psychic!

Anonymous said...

Hope he stays healthy, but if not, what a colossal waste of money on that contract.

Anonymous said...

At the end of day it was about money not loyalty. 1.25 million over 3 years, 400K guarantee first year, and 225K signing bonus! Wow! look who's laughing? Aren't Riders the envy of CFL these days like the Eskimos in the 80's.

RDS

Anonymous said...

Kavis (There will be consequences) Reed got fleeced big time by Durant camp. Why is everyone hoping wishing an opposing qb (Durant) do well as he doesn't play for the Roughriders anymore? Sure are a lot of two faced people from Sask. who seem to be now cheering on Kavis, Darian of the Alouettes. Remember, Kavis cost the Roughriders a GC title. Durant wanted more money, he walked away from a fair contract offer.

John Knight said...

If you think Durant is going to be outstanding in Montreal because he will be behind a better o-line, give your head a shake. Sask gave up 57 sacks last year and Montreal gave up 64. Durant will be running for his life and Sask will have their 2 all-star linemen back. He left for money alone and will unlikely finish the year without being on the injury list for a long time.

George Porge said...

If the CFL scheduling crew have their ducks in a row, we'll see the Riders home opener be against the Als. That way Durant will still open the stadium, and as a bonus, will probably be on the winning team!

Anonymous said...

Second down. Durant to Lewis. First down.

Anonymous said...

Must make your stomach turn hey, rod

Anonymous said...

Sorry Georgee Porgee, Durant and his Alouettes will absoloutly not be making appearance in Saskatchewn on opening day at new Mosaic stadium.

Season game schedule maker.

Anonymous said...

Could be an ironic finish to this whole Durant ordeal in two or three years ... Jim Popp appointed GM of the Sask Riders - back where he started!

Anonymous said...

You just wait, you wait and see. Mr Jones Mr Murphy will get a good quarterback for their team.

Little Jonnie O'Douhl

Handy Andy said...

Going to be very interesting how this turns out. 1) How will DD play in Montreal? Will be an all-star? or just an average QB? This chapter will tell the tale of how good he really is. He had a stacked team around him in Regina during his best years.
2) How good will the Riders be in the next two years with mid-salary QBs? Will this outside-the-box system work? If we develop a good young QB like Brandon Bridge (the new doubles), will he leave in two years to make double the money somewhere else?
3) Who will win more games the next two years between the Als and the Riders?
4) Rider fan first, Darian fan second. Go Riders!!

Anonymous said...

He will probably get injured (Hoping Not ) in the first 3 games of the season the way his luck has been going.
I wish him the best of luck and to enjoy the rest of his career.

Anonymous said...

Als are doing some O-line hiring so don't expect the same O-line there smart guy. I bet Montreal has a better record then the riders this coming season.

Anonymous said...

Happy that DD got a fair shake. Too bad he didnt get it from the team he wanted to play for.

Anonymous said...

Jones got what he wanted every single veteran that meant anything to this city and province is now gone. Durant got what he wanted... a team that wanted and believed in him....will the fans get what we want? A competitive team and stability so when i go to the games I actually know who the players are again??? The heat is on Jones now! Last year he cost this team a lot of money in fines , signing bonuses and running a year long training camp....Good luck DD you will be missed.

Darcy from Regina

Anonymous said...

This makes the Als an instant favorite in the east especially with DD and that awesome defense while the Riders will finnish LAST again and for the foreseeable future

Anonymous said...

Will a player leave for more money and show no loyalty...he did show loyalty coming down twice in his contracts but that isn't good enough for you guys. If you were offered 40 grand more a year for work somewhere else...I net you wouldn't hey...liar.

Anonymous said...

Why are people saying Montreal has a good oline? They gave up the most sacks in the CFL last year!

Anonymous said...

Wonder who the Als will cut to make this contract fit. Bear Woods? Chip Cox?

Anonymous said...

Here is how the interview went with Kavis and Darian

Kavis: Do you know the difference between 12 and 13 men on the field?

Darian: Yes. 13 only happens on Special teams.

Kavis: Are you aware there will be "consequences" if you are unable to perform?

Darian: Yes,fully aware of how that works.

Kavis: Great! Sign here for the

Anonymous said...

LOL! Durant looks real happy in that Alouette jersey!

Anonymous said...

Agreed! Kavis just made his big rookie mistake! "There will be consequences" for sure. Montreal media will run them both out of town. Durant will probably be limping!

Anonymous said...

$400,000 a year. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! MTL got fleeced. Good job Kavis!! I guess that's what you get when your desperate. I am predicting Vernon Adams asks for a trade before the season opener. What most people forget is this is a business and you can't over pay just because the fans like a player. Jones et al did the right thing for the financial future of the Riders and they will find the next starting QB just like when Durant took over years ago. Also to all of the Jones haters......He inherited ALL of the players Taman/Chamblin over paid and has to start from scratch because most if not all where not worth 1) what they where getting paid and 2) not good players. Why do you think Taman/Chamblin and those players are no longer here.
#USE SOME COMMON SENSE RIDER FANS

Chad in Moose Jaw

Anonymous said...

And you can't do well in the Cfl without a quarterback and that is right where the riders are sitting...your team isn't going to be a contender until you find a new franchise Qb.

George Porge said...

"LOL! Durant looks real happy in that Alouette jersey!"

I'm wondering how long it will take for Rider fans to realize that the photo was 'shopped and Durant was wearing his old jersey at the time the photo was taken...

...LOL...

Anonymous said...

GREEN IS THE COLOUR
MONEY IS THE GAME
DARIANS A TRAITOR AND JONES IS TO BLAME
WE'RE GONNA SUCK THIS YEAR
THAT'LL BE THE SAME
ANOTHER WASTED YEAR
AND JONES WILL FEEL NO SHAME
HE'LL COLLECT HIS FAT PAYCHEQUE
AND THE FANS WILL GO INSANE
CAUSE WE DONT HAVE A QUARTERBACK
AND JONES IS TO BLAME!

Anonymous said...


once again the so called rider fans bitching about jones , he's been on the job for a year, a complete rebuild was in order, and we haven't had a quarterback for 3 years, what do you expect, durant was average and i do mean average, could not throw the long ball , and could not find secondary if primary receiver was covered. this will take time , be patient and if you can't get a life.

Anonymous said...

It takes 1 and 1/2 years to build a team, in the Val. Ask rod, so that gives jones to labour this year, Or he will undoubtedly be taking a flack in and Reynolds will probably have to let him go.