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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