Darian Durant released by Alouettes

Darian Durant has been released the Alouettes, according to Montreal Gazette reporter Herb Zurkowsky.

The 35-year-old veteran quarterback was due a $150,000 roster bonus on Jan. 15, a major salary cap commitment. An off-season payment that large would normally go to quarterbacks who are the unquestioned starter.

Durant was traded to the Alouettes for two drafts picks in January 2016, 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, which paid him $400,000 last season.

The long-time Riders 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.

Durant spent 11 seasons with the Riders, winning two CFL championships – including the 2013 Grey Cup, held in Regina – and finished with a 58-54 record in 113 starts. He was a West Division all-star in 2009 and 2013.