Durant would consider coming out of retirement, but Bombers ‘aren’t exploring that option’

Quarterback Darian Durant would consider coming out of retirement to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, per sources.

“Initial indications suggest Durant would be open to patching things up with the Bombers and returning if they are interested,” one source said.

Durant retired just days before training camp, keeping the $70,000 signing bonus the Bombers paid him.

While Durant may be interested in coming back to Winnipeg, it doesn’t sound as if the Bombers are considering that possibility right now.

“We aren’t exploring that option at the moment,” a Bombers team spokesperson said.

The 35-year-old signed with Winnipeg in January, shortly after being released by Montreal. The Alouettes let Durant go just hours before he was due a $150,000 roster bonus as a part of the three-year deal he signed before the 2017 season.

Durant was set to be the primary back up behind Matt Nichols this season and his departure, which reportedly caught the Bombers by surprise, left the team with little playing experience behind Winnipeg’s injured starter. Now that Nichols is going to be out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury, there is a possible need for a quarterback who has started games in the CFL, something Alex Ross, Chris Streveler or Byran Bennett don’t have on their resumes.

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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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60 Comments on Durant would consider coming out of retirement, but Bombers ‘aren’t exploring that option’

  1. Macavity // June 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm //

    Nope. Never going to happen.

    • Richard Cunningham // June 7, 2018 at 4:50 pm //

      If i was the Bombers GM i’d be looking at all solutions. Matt Nicholas cant stay healthy and the current back ups are weak.

      • Can’t stay healthy and can’t win in the playoffs. That pretty much sums it up for Matt Nichols.

  2. Lancaster/Reed // June 7, 2018 at 4:28 pm //

    He missed most of training camp, and both he and the Bombers burned some bridges through this entire situation. I can’t see this happening unless another QB gets injured.

  3. Gainer1 // June 7, 2018 at 4:29 pm //


  4. LOL Darian can’t stop trolling the Bombers. Reneg the contract for an extra $30k signing bonus and then leave them hanging for an even $100k.
    Bleed Green, Bleed Green, Bleed Green.
    The funny thing is I can actually see the Bombers going for it. LOL
    ps. Good to hear that Nichols is only out for maybe 4-6 games – its all fun.

    • Tiger man // June 8, 2018 at 10:12 am //

      I don’t think this has anything to do with green…except money…and a clear lack of ethics and morals on the old guy’s part..

      After the huge fiasco in Montreal…Durant is not worth the trouble.

  5. Wow, well isn’t that interesting.

  6. Food for thought!

  7. Hasn’t Durant stolen enough money the past 2 years from Montreal and Winnipeg?

  8. Pennyrocker // June 7, 2018 at 4:53 pm //

    A team like the Bombers need to be shown a good butt kicking. Might bring down their ego a bit. Letting Cummings play all last year knowing about his charges.
    Durant would love to show the Bombers the door.

    • BlueBomberChris // June 7, 2018 at 7:06 pm //

      If you’re going to criticize an organization get your facts straight, lest you just look foolish. Cummings didn’t play for the Bombers in 2017, he was in Edmonton and as has been reported multiple times the Bombers informed the league of the accusations (which is all they were at the time).

    • Get your facts straight. The Bombers let the league know about the charges. They did not resign him the following season. It was Edmonton that signed him and let him play.

  9. BC Dave // June 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm //

    You can’t blame the Bombers for the Euclid Cummings case. They informed the league. The league did not follow up. Can’t blame Eskimos, Lions or Hervey. This is on the league.

  10. washed up many moons ago…..surprised Montreal signed him….oh, wait, no I’m not

  11. Hamilton has Vernon Adams to trade, too bad you guys don’t have anything decent to trade…. LOL

    • Only 2 first rounders next year, and a whack of talented rec’s and DB’s that will be snapped up after cut down day… but hey, sure. As for trading for Adams, we have a couple cases of Gatorade and a tackling dummy… is that enough? Ham might be getting the better of that deal…

      • Tiger man // June 8, 2018 at 10:15 am //

        But you were interested in Durant and even offered a bonus to him…after seeing what he couldn’t do with the Als…

        Right?? I would trust your judgment….

    • Winnipeg could offer a deflated football for Vern Adams – – garbage in exchange for garbage.

    • Bomber Fan In The Stands // June 8, 2018 at 11:29 am //

      Ti-Cats need Canadian receivers, a running back, help in the DB area…, hmmmmm, Bombers have that.., in spades! I mean we released Clarke, and he is a good, seasoned veteran. Mind you, $ issue might have also played into the equation.

      • The Bombers have Canadian receivers? who? where?
        The only Canadian receiver who caught more than one pass last year was Demski who had 19 catches before he was injured.

  12. For a guy that retired to be with his family… this says a lot about him as a human. “What, I get to skip training camp, and then start? OK, sounds great, sign me up” Sorry, hard pass. Which is not something we’d be saying if he was in Blue and Gold, bad enough he retired because his body wasn’t reacting to conditioning the way he’d like, but now a few months of not training at all? Who does he think he is? Jim Morris? If you’re waiting for the Bombers to call, all you’ll be hearing are Crickets… remember that tweet? You retired a Bomber, and that’s where its going to end…

  13. While the Bombers need to find a starting QB for the next four to six weeks, they desperately need to find one for the playoffs.

    As I’ve explained numerous times, you cannot win in the post season with a scrub like Matt Nichols and that useless little pop gun offence.

    That’s been proven the past two seasons if one-and-done playoff appearances. How many more years of failure must this franchise endure before it finally realizes that it’s important to have a competent QB?

    • Cubicle51 barking up that same tree again. Then what’s your plan genius? All I hear is excuse, excuse, excuse. Lay out a plan for us all to behold! We’ll need someone to thank after we hoist the Cup in Deadmonton this year.

      • First step is to acknowledge Matt Nichols is s scrub who will never win a championship.

        Next step is to acquire a proven franchise QB. Not going after Zach Collaros in the off season was a massive missed opportunity.

        It’s going to be difficult to acquire a QB of that calibre at this point, so the next step is to see what kind of talent you currently have.

        We already know Al Ross is a disaster, so no point in wasting time on him. Give the rookie Streveler a chance at see what he can do. You’ll know after a four or five games if he’s a player or not.

  14. coach17 // June 7, 2018 at 5:49 pm //

    Nope!!!!! We’re good

  15. campsovernight // June 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm //

    You got to be kidding, please no way. DD was being welcomed by a great fan base and organization, in early 2018 until May, 2018. The money aside that he has gotten from the Bomber organization (it works both way in my eyes throughout the CFL), the guy runs down the fan base and organization, after he was given an opportunity to prolong his career. In conclusion, I would rather sit in the stands and watch the group we have in training camp, rather than have to cheer a cancer player, who “bleeds green” leading our blue/gold team.

  16. I say DD “come on down”. Drive for 10 hours or so and then when you get to TC in Winnipeg they should ask DD to take a pay cut.

  17. To Darian… ‘stay in your lane bro.’ lol

  18. we need an experienced QB, let him play till Nichols returns!! if not, the Bombers will regret it!!

  19. As a die hard Bomber fan I’d prefer another 25 years of drought than to even consider DD. Hell I’ll take current Kerwin Bell over DD

  20. Edward Leslie // June 7, 2018 at 7:32 pm //

    Durant was stupid to retire when a team committed to him, like Winnipeg did.
    He was greedy to keep the bonus cash.
    He was unprofessional to not wait to announce his retirement until after Kyle Walters was available to inform him.
    And now he’s totally delusional to think that Winnipeg would be interested in bringing him back.

    It’s funny how Durant’s heart just wasn’t in football anymore, and he wanted to “spend more time with his family” when it looked liked he had to be the #2 guy. Yet now he would be willing to come back as the starter.
    Totally disingenuous player, lacking in ethics or honesty.

    • How many times do teams release players just before a bonus is due? Unless guaranteed contracts are put in place for players deep down I can’t really fault them for taking advantage.

  21. White Horse // June 7, 2018 at 7:38 pm //

    Hey bacon…that is just bullsh$t rude!
    Go away and hide under your rock again.
    You must be a r—r fan. We have read many a disgusting post like this in the past.

  22. Edward Leslie // June 7, 2018 at 10:03 pm //

    Area 51:
    I don’t know why you are so Anti-Matt Nichols.
    You think Mike Reilly is the best CFL quarterback? Well Nichols almost best out for the starting position with the Eskimos, so he must be pretty good.

    If Nichols is no good, then why has Winnipeg’s fortunes improved so much since the days of not so long ago with the likes of Max Hall, Alex Brink, Joey Elliott, Justin Goltz, Drew Willy and even Buck Pierce?
    Is it possible to have a winning record with a bum as starting quarterback? No.

  23. We do t want his, as it feels that he tried to sabotage the team Staley ca and how he will try to sabotage the season for the bombers! Hell no! Go back to Saskatchewan you looser!!!

  24. The Bombers should let Durant play; then reneg on paying his salary…LOL.

  25. Pop Gun Offense // June 7, 2018 at 10:48 pm //

    Sign him, start him, and tell the o-line to take the next few plays off…

  26. Bleeds Double Blue // June 7, 2018 at 11:54 pm //

    I think O’Shea would rather play quarterback himself than put his trust in Durant.

    • BC Bomber // June 7, 2018 at 11:57 pm //

      You said it! Coach Osh’s priority seems to be finding character, hard work ethic, and team first players as well as talent. DD has proven to lack one or two of those characteristics. I would be shocked if the BBs brought DD back. At this point, he’d be poison in the room.

      • Paul Bomber // June 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm //

        I dunno… I’d like to think so, but they did sign the guy in the first place, and it’s not like his move with the signing bonus revealed anything about his character we didn’t already know. BUT, just to insure there’s no confusion on where I sit: Brining him in to do anything other than fold laundry would be a mistake.

        • Dud-rant could carry the water bottles; but he would still be a cancer in the locker room because he is (and always ha been) a selfish “I” not a “team” first guy.

  27. TSN reporting that the Argos may trade Bethel-Thompson.
    The guy looks pretty solid. Don’t think the Argos need anything from the Bombers maybe a cash trade like they do in “round” football.

  28. Paul Bomber // June 8, 2018 at 12:28 pm //

    Durrant should have retired with at least a little dignity 2-3 seasons ago. Signing him in in the first place seemed like a Joe Mack move (Michael Bishop, anyone?) more so than what we’ve been getting used to with Walters.
    Ironically, Nichols getting hurt will erase cap hit from the 70k that the slimeball stole, so why take a step back now? I have a lot more faith in raw QB potential than in a guy I already know can’t do it, and hasn’t been able to “do it” in years.

  29. Agree that Dud-rant has been a “Dud” or ” Has-Been” for “years” now and SHOULD have retired 2 or 3 years ago. Great observation that Walter’s signing Dud-rant is aJoe Mack type of move.

    • Paul Bomber // June 8, 2018 at 2:32 pm //

      Trade you Dud-rant rights for Lulay’s! (…sigh…. didn’t think so :^)

    • Durant should have retired after his last year in SSK. It was clear he didn’t have anything left. But you gotta hand it to him… For a terrible season in MTL, and doing absolutely nothing in WPG, he’s made a bit of money. Lol.

  30. Ken orford // June 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm //

    I may be the stupid one in this group but has anyone thought of Travis Lulay?? I’m pretty sure he would love a starting assignment on a team who looks like they may run the tables in November.
    Just a thought. As for Durant, cant stop before I comment. It would be like buying a poison apple and asking everyone to take a bite. The locker room atmosphere would collapse by someone who abandoned the club. No problem him retiring, but the manner that he left, left many fans speechless about a classless act. I would rather loose with people who want to be there than maybe win with someone who doesn’t. Be that as it may, Bomber Blue, through and through. But win for the team and not just for you!

    • I’ve always thought that too and wanted SSK to sign him when a couple years ago, but from what I understand he’s fiercely loyal to the Pride in BC. Even if it means backing up. He is a class act that guy.

      • Travis wants to finish his career as a Lion and then become a coach. I can see Travis becoming first a QB coach, then OC, then Head Coach of the Lions following the same career path as Head Coach Dave Dickenson.

  31. True Green // June 9, 2018 at 10:16 pm //

    Wow, talk about a resentful fan base.

    Likely his agent was called and he stated the obvious, that of course he’d consider an offer. No one knows what Durant actually said if anything.

    I respect what Winnipeg has done with their team over the last few years, I don’t think Nichols is a scrub, and I wish him well with his recovery. Maybe all you bitter fans should Just get over it and not take it so personally. Football is business and stuff happens.

    • BC Bomber // June 10, 2018 at 1:00 am //

      I think part of the point of being a fan(atic) is that it IS personal. Fans are seldom rational in their passion for their team, it spoils the fun. Case in point, not you specifically, but in general the fan base of Green Nation take their team VERY personally.

      Also, you’re guessing how Durant’s willingness to return was communicated, and you have to admit Durant went out of this way to disrespect the BB’s organization and fans after he retired. imo

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