Kavis Reed did not want to commit to Darian Durant and that meant the Alouettes and veteran quarterback parted ways Monday.
The Alouettes general manager had been in constant contact with Durant and his representatives since Grey Cup week, in large part because of the $150,000 bonus that was du by the end of the day on Monday. The two parties could not agree to terms on a restructured deal and the 35-year-old was released just one year after Reed sent two draft picks to Saskatchewan.
“At this time last year, this was the right thing for the franchise. I don’t have any regrets. It’s not a mistake. It’s what we felt the franchise needed to do last year at this particular time. It didn’t work out from a holistic perspective,” general manager Kavis Reed told Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette.
“I have to emphasize, so much has been put on Darian’s shoulders. There’s so many other factors that went into the failures of this team.”
Montreal finished dead last in the CFL last season at 3-15.
“We understand how critical the quarterback position is. And we’ll try to establish a franchise quarterback. But we have to do it the right way,” Reed said.
Durant 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. And Montreal’s GM is not concerned that letting Durant go means the Alouettes have one combined CFL start among quarterbacks on the roster under contract for the 2018 season.
“There’s other moves that can be made. There are things that could happen that would allow us to have this veteran guy. It’s not necessarily a veteran guy that’s been in the CFL. It could be a veteran with a lot of NFL starts,” Reed said.
“We’re not worried by the fact we won’t have that veteran presence.”