It seems like Darian Durant wants to play football in 2018 – just not for the team in the Manitoba capital.
In an interview with CKOM radio host Wray Morrison, the former Saskatchewan Roughrider and Montreal Alouette quarterback hinted there might be a way for him to get back on the field, despite his contract status.
“I am still property of the Blue Bombers. I won’t technically become a free agent until February when the rest of the guys who have signed contracts for this year when that’s up, so right now I belong to them. There are some ways around it and I’m thinking about visiting those ways,” Durant said.
Durant signed a one-year deal with the Bombers in January, just days after being released by Montreal, which included a $70,000 signing bonus. The veteran quarterback kept the money when he announced his retirement even though Winnipeg wanted it back saying he deserved the money.
While he didn’t come right out and say it, there appears to be interest from other CFL teams in Durant’s services.
“I can’t get into that. I won’t get into that at all. Like I said, I still belong to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and I want to do things the right way,” Durant said.
Durant has 12 years of CFL experience, 11 with the Riders. He’s thrown for 31,740 yards and 167 touchdowns in 174 games (128 starts) and currently sits 14th all-time in league passing yards. He played in three Grey Cup games with the Riders, winning the 101st edition in Regina to end the 2013 season.
The 36-year-old struggled with the Alouettes last season, winning just three times in 15 starts and throwing 16 interceptions against 15 touchdowns. But it sure sounds like he wants to play again.
“I miss the guys and I miss the team aspect of things, the locker room, the jokes, I miss that more so than the hits and I love gameday of course and being able to play in front of the fans and putting on a show, that’s definitely something that I miss,” Durant said.
“But the main thing is the hits add up over time, retiring has really allowed my body to heal. I really haven’t had a chance to really heal up and just sit back and just relax, so that’s one of the things I’m enjoying right now. I feel great. We’ll see what the future holds.”