In the first big move of the 2017 CFL off-season, the Montreal Alouettes acquire Darian Durant from the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Roughriders received a fourth-round pick (32nd overall) in this year’s draft, and a conditional pick in 2018.
Montreal Alouettes Acquire Darian Durant
Durant leaves Saskatchewan after spending the past 11 seasons with the Roughriders. He threw for over 28,000 yards and 149 touchdowns during his career. Durant won two Grey Cups, one as a back-up in 2007, and another as a starter in 2013.
The last two seasons have been troublesome for Durant. In the first game of the 2015 season, he went down with an Achilles injury and missed the rest of the year. Upon his return in 2016, he played 15 games, completing 330/496 passes (66.5%) for 3,839 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Riders went 5-13 last season.
Durant’s completed the final season of his contract, making him a free agent in February. Contract negotiations between the veteran quarterback and the Roughriders were at a standstill. A trade was imminent.
The Alouettes acquire a veteran QB after a season filled with problems at the position. Kevin Glenn started the season at quarterback, before the team traded him to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Rookie and sophomore Vernon Adams Jr. and Rakeem Cato split the duty the rest of the way. The Alouettes (7-11) missed the playoffs for a second straight season.
This marks the first big move that new general manager Kavis Reed has made. Reed, who spent a season as running back and special teams coach with the Riders in 2009, says Durant is “the ideal role model for our young quarterbacks.” He also added that the Alouettes “are confident” about signing Durant to a deal before free agency begins.
This trade comes two days after the Alouettes signed veteran receiver Nik Lewis to a two-year extension.