A week following the trade, the Montreal Alouettes sign Darian Durant to a three-year contract. The terms of the contract are unknown.
Montreal Alouettes Sign Darian Durant
The Alouettes acquired Durant in a trade from the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week. The Roughriders acquired a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, as well as a conditional pick in 2018.
Durant and the Roughriders parted ways after the two parties could not come to conclusions on a contract. Durant was set to become a free agent next month. Clearly, the Alouettes met Durant’s demands, and were able to lock up the 11-year veteran through the 2019 season.
Durant brings stability to a rather unstable quarterback situation in Montreal. The Alouettes started three different quarterbacks last season, and found little success with any of them. The team traded Kevin Glenn midway through last season, before riding the rest of the way off of young quarterbacks in Rakeem Cato and Vernon Adams Jr. The Alouettes went 7-11, and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season.
Durant is a veteran player who can lead the Alouettes offence. Despite injuries in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, he played 15 games this past season, going 330/496 (66.5%) for 3,839 yards, 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
General Manager Kavis Reed, who is entering his first season as a CFL GM, had high praise for Durant.
“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,” Reed said in a team statement.
Durant is a 2007 and 2013 Grey Cup champion. But he has also lost two Grey Cup games against the Montreal Alouettes in 2009 and 2010.