Alouettes inquired with Riders about availability of Darian Durant

The Montreal Alouettes recently inquired about the availability of Riders quarterback Darian Durant via trade, per sources.

Interim Als head coach Jacques Chapdelaine worked with the 34-year-old pivot while serving as Saskatchewan’s offensive coordinator in 2015. Sources say that Montreal’s first francophone bench boss could push for the team to acquire Durant.

The Riders veteran quarterback has spent his entire 11-year CFL career with the green and white. After suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries in 2014 and 2015, Durant’s started 11 games this season, throwing for nearly 3,000 yards 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions while completing over 68 percent of his passes. He’s added 233 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in 45 attempts for a 5.2-yards-per-carry average.

Chapdelaine likes Vernon Adams, who the Alouettes traded a first-round pick to get back in May, but he “isn’t a big fan of [Rakeem] Cato”, according to one source.

The Riders have said they would like to extend Durant, whose contract expires after this season. General manager and head coach Chris Jones called him a “staple in this organization” and said the team would like to get a deal done before the end of the 2016 campaign.

For his part, Durant has expressed an interest in staying.

“This is all I know,” Durant said last Friday before the Riders’ win over the Ticats the following evening. “I just haven’t had a chance to really wrap my brain around being somewhere else.”

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