Riders, Alouettes engage in Darian Durant trade talks

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes have recently engaged in trade talks regarding quarterback Darian Durant, per sources.

The deal could have seen Durant shipped to la belle province, potentially with other assets, then sign an extension with the Als. Sources say the Riders asked for QB Vernon Adams in return, that price was too high for Montreal general manager Kavis Reed.

Discussions surrounding a Durant swap have since cooled off, but it’s possible they could be revived before the 34-year-old signal caller is slated to become a free agent in February.

The Alouettes have been searching for a bona fide No. 1 quarterback since the departure of Anthony Calvillo after the 2013 season. It appears Reed is looking to make a big splash in order to rapidly improve his club, which finished 7-11 in 2016 and missed the playoffs for the second straight year.

“If Montreal gets Durant they get better real quick,” one CFL source says.

Meanwhile, the Riders have had on-again-off-again negotiations with Durant, though comments by general manager and head coach Chris Jones in November were taken by many as a sign the team could be moving on from the 2013 Grey Cup champion quarterback.

This isn’t the first the Alouettes have inquired about Durant. Back in September, then-general manager Jim Popp inquired into the availability of Durant as the Riders slid out of playoff contention.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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15 Comments on Riders, Alouettes engage in Darian Durant trade talks

  1. Where the ego stunts a career…jones doesn’t care too much for QBs and believes they are over valued! He also could care less if the Biggest name in Sask is gone…but he wants to make it look like its Durant! Hahaha…Sask have no QB and WONT GET FRANKLIN!

  2. Makes no sense for the Als to give up one of their young pivots for a player who will be a free agent in five weeks. Both of these young guys have shown they can win games, they just need another season or two to mature.

    With SJ on the IR for at least the first half of the season and dropping many heavy contracts: Carter, Stafford, Parker, Crompton in addition to no first rounder to sign this spring, the Als probably have more spending money than most teams.

    It is really up to Durant.

    • Marc Lebut // January 6, 2017 at 3:29 pm //

      Alouettes will need to fix the LT position to bring Durant in Montréal. Which means that unless the next LT is already in (Blake, Bamiro?), they may have to put quite some green on the table for someone else (Foucault, Van Zeyl?).

      Agree that tranding Adams or Cato would make no sense and Kavis showed they believe their future QB is one among those 2.

  3. Steve Borssa // January 6, 2017 at 1:32 pm //

    IMO Darian must get away from Jones. He is good for 3 years, 2 certainly. ALs his only option as other CFL have QBs. He would have to take big hit with RiderNation.

  4. Slant

    Ottawa might concern Montreal abit while it seems there set at QB for 2017 but they just lost 3 key players which did free up some cash and it would not shock me if they make a big offer to Durant.

    • Why?? Harris is going into 2017 being paid starter’s money, Burris is another potential starter or very capable back up. They really don’t need another potential starter or back up UNLESS Hank decides to retire but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. He’s more likely to be gunning for the starter’s job again after that GC win.

    • So we end up with Burris instead of Durant…Works for me either way.

  5. Ron Bates // January 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm //

    Absolute disaster for SK they have little in reserve and if Chris Jones fails he and his family will find out what egg on garage means to some. Really only in play here is Als trying to be smart through Chap, remember his SK disaster and Kavis. Truly so cheap for another $100k in SK with clause. As for Als, if Darian likes open space Chap ball he’ll be at home but smart fans there will see through it. Confused ownership and well all outdoors in an old stadium!

  6. Tyler Harder // January 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm //

    I think Durant wants to stay in Sask. Should have been a condition of Riders for Jones’/Durant’s desitinies to be intertwined. I wonder about Durant’s future even if he signs again for Sask. Hope they keep him until hes 42. Way too early to be talking about the next guy in my opinion.

  7. Sask is crazy to let Durant walk away. Jones can’t win without him. The Riders will go 3-15 without a bona fide starter

  8. Riders biggest mistake was hiring Jones. He came there looking for big bucks, riders brass fell for it, Jones win in totally dissected what was a half decent team And let the stars like Westin Dressler, Ryan Smith, Chris Getzlaf, and John Chick get away for nothing. And now he wants to give away the franchise quarterback. He’s taking the nucleus of the league and making it the laughingstock .

  9. Chris Jones should give his head a shake and wake up to reality. Darian Durant is too good to let him slip sway from the Roughriders. Even if he thinks he can manage to get a young QB such as Franklin from Edmonton Eskimos he will need an experienced starter like Durant to groom him. Good luck, please quit playing games Mr Jones and sign Durant.

  10. Dale K. Hary // January 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm //

    I am thouroughly disgusted with Chris Jones and the Riders Management. If someone offered him more elsewhere, he would drop us like a hot potato if he could get out of his contract here. HE is the one we should be looking to “trade”. He has done nothing but damage to this team and couldn’t come close to the loyalty Darian has expressed all throughout his 10 years here. You will take the heart out of a qualified leader of a QB if he is not signed and you have already taken the heart out of this Bona Fide long time Riders fan, for football. People will only put up with the likes of Jones and his ilk for a short time. Life is too short to deal with those who scheme only for their own good rather than the good of the team. Jones is the worst mistake this franchaise has made in its history and no one seems willing to correct it.

  11. The green Riders must travel through the storm and let go of Durant who has become boring and stale with this once proud team.
    A new talent must be secured to give this team some hope and vitality.
    Let Durant go, the sun will still shine in Saskatchewan and a new look team will be born.

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