Darian Durant has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
There is familiarity with the Bombers coaching staff, specifically offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice. Durant and LaPolice spent three seasons together in Saskatchewan, 2008 and 2009 LaPolice was the Riders offensive coordinator.
The 35-year-old veteran quarterback was due a $150,000 roster bonus on January 15 and the Alouettes elected to release Durant instead of paying that lump sum.
Montreal acquired Durant for two drafts picks in January 2016, a 2017 fourth rounder and 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 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.