Alouettes give Darian Durant take it or leave it option

Darian Durant appears to have been given an ultimatum by the Alouettes: restructure or be let go, according to Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette.

The 35-year-old veteran quarterback is due a $150,000 roster bonus on Monday, January 15 as reported by 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk, a major salary cap commitment for a player coming off one of the worst seasons of his CFL career.

Durant was traded to the Alouettes for two drafts picks last January, a 2017 fourth rounder and conditional second-round selection in 2018. He then signed a three-year contract extension through the 2019 season, which had a total value of $1.25 million. Durant made $400,000 last season.

The veteran signal caller threw for 3,233 yards, 15 touchdowns against 16 interceptions (second-most in the league) for the Als last season and he was benched multiple times. Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman was non-committal about naming a No. 1 pivot during his introductory press conference.


45 Comments on Alouettes give Darian Durant take it or leave it option

  1. Don’t blame the Als one bit for doing this. If he doesn’t agree to restructure & is then released, hard to believe that any other team would then sign him….

    • Don’t you have to win the big one multiple times to be a dynasty? Look at WJHC and Sweden’s amazing 44 game round robin win streak right, or look at the fact they’ve won 2 Gold medal in 40 years…. perspective I guess ….

  2. Montreal might pick him up 🙁 they are that desperate

  3. Only way the BIG CFL contracts get honored is if the player CONSISTENTLY has good or great years. Even guys like Ricky Ray had to take pay cuts when they did not play due to injury riddled seasons. Not fair since the coaches contracts are guaranteed even when they have a bad year but that is how things go. I would expect Durant to take a pay cut no matter who he plays for in 2018. 200K per say is much better than zero K.

    • Ricky Ray took a $100K pay cut after the 2010 season when healthy. Tillman wanted to trade him but Ray agreed to the cut so he could remain in Edmonton. Months later after the 2011 season Tillman traded him anyway.

  4. Stumps choke // January 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm //

    It must suck working in an industry that will lure you with a signing bonus, only to pull it away when it’s time to pay. That said, DD did not earn the bonus and I am sure he now wishes he would have bowed to Jones’ demands and salary structure. I am sure the football gods agree.

  5. Stamps and Esks both need solid backup QBs. If either BLM or Reilly gets injured for 5 more games, may spell disaster. Then there’s Kevin. Still a damn solid guy for any backup. Riders appear to have the best duo QBs so far.

  6. Durante has always been a 60/40 with minimal length in arm strength throwing to the inside receivers cutting routes .
    He will likely resign with Allouettes

  7. the ratio is artificial.. therd not enough nationals to go around. gets worse with Halifax. lower to 4_5 cana no qb exemption

    • More Cowbell // January 10, 2018 at 6:33 pm //

      Where in this article is the ratio discussed?
      Or, put another way, WTF are you going on about?

      • CFL lover // January 10, 2018 at 9:04 pm //

        LOL good one More Cowbell, this whack job Marko, he of the many other aliases, never misses a chance to slag Canadian players. Hey Marko we all see right through you, your act is old and tired, just go away !

  8. DD should just swallow his pride and restructure his deal ASAP. The sooner he does he can concentrate on moving forward

  9. Since when is 2 grey cups in 9 years considered a dynasty? Someone get that delusional Stamps fan a clue. Als have won 2 Grey Cups in the last 7… New England Patriots… They are quickly becoming the early 90s Buffalo Bills.

    • justforkicks // January 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm //

      Like I said above:
      It’s like a virtual dynasty. You win a couple of virtual Grey Cups and bingo – virtual dynasty. What’s with you guys, can’t you see that??
      Virtual wins goes all the way back to this guys defense of the 2016 cup game.

  10. It is a great game but a lousy business as they say …. you are only as good as your last game and never far from being out of the game altogether. Hard to imagine Darien hanging around for back-up pay.

  11. The Bombers could use a backup like Durant so I hope Walters signs him if he’s released. As far as McMahon Stadium goes its a dump of historic proportions. Just a #### hole of a stadium.

  12. Consolationhorse // January 10, 2018 at 8:01 pm //

    I’m replaying the GC game at home tonight, on this cold evening. It always warms the cockles of my heart.

  13. You are all fairly amusing — Went to many games at Taylor Field (it was not very classy) and also many games at McMahon (it is still a good place for school teams). If Regina could build that stadium — no reason that Calgary can’t (talk to the Flames please).

  14. Consolationhorse // January 10, 2018 at 9:03 pm //

    Here’s hoping Bo DOES stay long term in Calgary. Loving the curse.

  15. Jjtst73: As per todays online Calgary Sun “The Stampeders, though, are still playing in good old McMahon Stadium, built in 1961 and by far the most beat-up building in the league.” Yes historic LOL

  16. Ahhh you poor, pathetic 45 year old virgin. Did you not get screwed enough the last 2 Grey Cups to lose that moniker. Btw how’s crack hore Tommie doing these days? Still running from the cops? 🙂

  17. Tinhead 296 // January 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm //

    Nice to see all you stumpeaters fans becoming the Buffalo Bills of the CFL and you can keep playing in that vintage 1960 s**thole once again year after year.Here is a perfect example of how Bo has no class. Saw a post after grey cup by a media person in radio broadcast who had a handicapped boy with him who is a bog football fan and the media person texted Bo to ask if he could call this young fan to talk to him, but he did not even reply to the text. He then contacted Ricky Ray who responded right away. You are all class Bo just like your idiotic fans who post on this site.

  18. Tinhead 296 // January 10, 2018 at 10:46 pm //

    Don’t remember which site or blog this was as I have read hundreds but it was shortly after the grey cup. It was posted by someone in radio broadcast. Bo was just sour because they lost.

  19. Consolationhorse // January 10, 2018 at 10:52 pm //

    You’re correct. Bo HAS done great charity work during the last two Grey Cups.

  20. Look at me I’m the great McDaniel .. I cant be bothered to tackle so I’ll just give up. Feel sorry for me cuz I’m a pathetic loser like the 45 year old gelding. Lol

  21. Consolationhorse // January 11, 2018 at 12:21 am //

    Epic beatdown on the red one tonight!

  22. The red one deserves every bit of it. Ask him why the Stamps are not trying to re-up BLM until 2019 and don’t give me because of the CBA.

  23. Consolationhorse // January 11, 2018 at 12:51 am //

    He’s too busy comparing each teams charity work. Next up: which team collectively leaves bigger restaurant tips?

  24. justforkicks // January 11, 2018 at 1:23 am //

    Pretty sure all the teams (I know Edmonton, Winnipeg and Sask do) have community programs that rely on team members to do charity work as well as selling team paraphernalia etc to raise money, raise spirits, encourage education and so on. To say Calgary does would be no surprise but it in no way makes them special.

  25. Carry on gelding. You make no sense. You seriously think that 2 Stamps are the only CFL players that do charity work? If so, mommas basement is calling. You want to control every conversation on the 3Down articles with your stupid comments. Well, if you can’t lick them join them. Get used to it azzhat.

  26. You are the only embarrassment here. Your comments are like playing ping pong as you never comment on the subject at hand. ie: what the hell does charities have to do with the Als giving Darian Durant a take it or leave it option. Your only focus is on the Riders. Send a message to 1-800-fookyou and leave your mailing address and size and we will send you some Rider gear.

  27. There are 110 posts in this thread at this point, and 44 of them are by the troll. Or at least 44 are by his new main handle, jj whatever. There are probably more under other handles. At least 40% of the posts in this thread are by one person, the troll, and he’s made many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of posts on this forum at this point. I don’t envy the 3DN people this problem. This is obviously a seriously mentally ill individual, but something has to be done. This is killing this forum.

  28. I agree. Can’t they block his IP address or something? The troll offers ZERO insight.

    • George Porge // January 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm //

      Well no, they probably can’t. Most internet users don’t have static IP addresses, so you would basically have to block an entire subnet (ie, all of Shaw or Telus IPs, most likely) which would block a lot more than just the one commenter. And even then, the commenter could just fire up a VPN and continue on around the block.

      With the current comment section allowing someone to basically pick a handle and post anonymously, there’s really no good way to block anyone. They’d have to adopt a comment section that attaches to a Facebook handle or some other harder-to-spoof system to even have baby teeth (even these techniques are pretty useless).

  29. Jason Dinney // January 11, 2018 at 10:24 am //

    Yeah you’re a great regular season team Stampeders. And that’s it. You’re just another bridesmaid!

  30. Tinhead 296 // January 11, 2018 at 10:32 am //

    you are right about the troll. Him and his stumpeaters are God’s gift to football and no one else matters. By the way Dan Clark does tons of charity work with the schools promoting his anti bullying message to young people. Chris Getzlaf has done the same also. The troll needs to get a life.

  31. Green Pastures // January 11, 2018 at 10:46 am //

    Unfortunately it seems as though his antics have deterred other Stampeders fans from posting here as they don’t want to be associated with him. Its too bad because they offered a lot of good debate and discuss to the topics.

  32. Please Durant, stand your ground, be stubborn. I would prefer a complete release from the Als. If Montreal is going to tank another season under Reed, might as well trim the team’s roster costs & play rookies & new free agents in 2018.

  33. I agree with above poster the Stumps are a good regular season team in their dumpy stadium with tons of empty seats all season long! Durant would actually fit in real good with the rest of that “me first” team!

  34. Today is the deadline?

  35. I’m actually surprised the Als still want DD at any price. He doesn’t have it anymore. Too many tendon injuries, combined with his age have already effectively ended his career, yet he’s still making big bucks. I woulda have thought he would be released so good on him for still possibly sticking with the Als.

  36. Not sure if this was mentioned elsewhere in here yet (I couldn’t see it). Durant was released by Alouettes.

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