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.


60 Comments on Darian Durant released by Alouettes

  1. the flammer // January 15, 2018 at 5:19 pm //

    when is it time to call it a career, now you know.

  2. dangerdan21 // January 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm //

    Be nice pickup for Hamilton as a Backup
    This why they can sit on Mazell another year

  3. When he was good, he was really good.Hopefully, this is not the end of his career. Like glen, he can be a pretty good backup and mentor to a younger guy.
    Maybe he should have re-negotiated his contacrt

    • Stumps choke // January 15, 2018 at 5:30 pm //

      I like DD but I am not sure I agree. I think one of the issues Jones has with DD is that he wants to be a starter and is not willing to do much else if he’s not. I don’t think DD has it in his makeup to be a supporter and mentor, so it’s likely he’s done. I still say he should have accepted the Riders terms last year and finished he career in green and white. Now we can wait for the 1 day contract so he can retire.

      • I haven’t seen any evidence of that and I haven’t seen anyone credible say it. I think this is just a weird, concocted, story that someone has been trying to spread around. I’m reading this as DD saying that he didn’t think Montreal was a good place for him to be, so he’s taking the FA route. As has been said, Hamilton would be a good place for him if the Manziel thing blows up, which it looks like it’s going to do. A backup in Ottawa is another possibility. Ottawa is a good team and Harris has had a few injury issues.

        • I’m inclined to agree with you. I don’t think he’s ready to be done with football, even if it means swallowing a humble pill and accepting a backup position.

          That said, without the handsome paycheck he was expecting from Mtl, there is very little keeping him there. He’s probably hoping to move to a winning team with more receiving talent and O-line protection. I’d add BC and WPG to your list of potential teams who could be in the mix to sign him as a backup.

  4. Steve Borsa // January 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm //

    OMG . Sad to hear. Guess contracts in CFL not worth much, 12 players make team. But looks only one can get chafted by management. Hope ALS in basement 2018.

    • Blue rules // January 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm //

      Sloppy Steve, 12 players make team??? Try 46, and try ” shafted” it’s English!

    • 3rd and 1 // January 15, 2018 at 6:10 pm //

      But Steve Darian never gave the Allouettes any payback for all that money. Every time Darian has a bad game. Which was “every” game. He no longer took it upon himself. Darian would always say we didn’t play well. When the ALS won the very 1st game of the season when the Riders field goal kicker Crapigna missed a last second 45 yarder. Darian ran and jumped in the air and made signals towards the Riders bench and Chris Jones. Then telling TSN that the football Gods made that happen all for him. I’m sorry but I was a staunch Durant supporter when he played in SK. When he had a bad day and took the blame it was the sign of a leader.
      After Darian was traded I no longer saw or heard a leader. What I witnessed was a Man who looked lost and couldn’t lead himself let alone a team. Even when Kavis Consequences Reed spoke of Darian last week in Banff. Kavis was buttering up Darian by saying Durante struggles were not because of his talent. But because of the system he was playing in. I’m sure Darian knew this release was coming and wanted to try F.A. I’m convinced that his pal Kavis said that just for Darian moving forward.
      Darian Durant is going to see that he will not be offered more than about $170 plus incentive bonuses. Too me, the way Darian is playing I think even the $170 would be an over payment and I was and still am a fan. But business is business and no one deserves big money for nothing.

    • BleedsGreen // January 16, 2018 at 12:06 am //

      Lol…impossible with such a little low salary cap to have a QB paid 400+ that doesn’t show up. Time for Reed to pay for performance- lower base higher playtime and incentives. It was a tough year for DD, although not all his fault. He will probably be restructured by the Als. They are still probably trying to restructure him.

  5. Ibleedgreen1111 // January 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm //

    Welcome to the real world of we are all replaceable by someone cheaper. Been there, done that.

    After his are injury in Winnipeg he went down hill. Just couldn’t hit receivers in the hands anymore.

    Hopefully he lands on his feet somewhere as a back-up and mentor.

    Thanks for the rollercoaster ride you gave us as a Rider over the years. It was fun.

    Go Riders!
    Go CFL!!

  6. ETG- when was Durant really good exactly?

    • 3rd and 1 // January 15, 2018 at 7:50 pm //

      Oilguy… 2009 to 2013 a 5 year run witnessed Darian Durant getting his team to the Grey Cup in 09, 10 and 13. Had his team ahead with 00:00 left on the clock. Only because a special teams player messed up Durant did not get a GC that year. In 2010 Darian loses to Mintreal once again by a couple points. Then of course Winning big at hike in 2013.
      I would suggest that getting your team to 3 Grey Cups in 5 years. Plus putting his team in his back in 2013 in the West Semi final. BC was at Regina and the BC defence had all but shut down Sheets and the Riders offence was sputtering as BC had an excellent game plan. I remember watching on TV in the 4th Qtr where Darian ran up a storm. Right around 110 yards to win that game. BC had done everything except they forgot to SPY Darian in the 4th Qtr.
      Darian was smoked on a blown whistle play at the Banjo Bowl in Winnipeg in 2014. In fact Darian had his team at 8-2 in 2014 without Sheets. Then Darian was blindsided on that dead play and we haven’t seen the really good Darian of old since that day.

  7. Jordan Bews // January 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm //

    2008-2013, when he had a good team around him they went to the cup, on the off years he carried a garbage team to mediocrity

    • Ridersnhabs // January 15, 2018 at 8:27 pm //

      Ya it’s kinda how it works in team sports you have to have good teammates. Stick around sonny I’m sure you will figure it out in time

  8. Ticats chick // January 15, 2018 at 5:45 pm //

    Put a bow in Manziel and stick him at the doorstep of the Aloutettes. As much as having Manziel sit another year on the neg list I think it’s a best case scenario for all.

  9. I wouldn’t mind that.. sign Durant for $125000 as a back up to masoli trade Manziels rights for a few water bottles and a couple cheerleaders and carry on !

  10. Nokomis56 // January 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm //

    A sad ending to a nice career. Durant was probably never as good as he thought he was, but better than many of his detractors thought he was. he had to work hard for all he accomplished, not being a smooth natural like some stars. I am sure the Riders will let him retire in Green when the time comes, as they should. Eventually he will be a part of the history of the CFL and Saskatchewan.

  11. Durant has always been a flawed quarterback with a giant ego. His career as a Rider was a sad roller-coaster ride where he lost more Grey Cups than he won as a starter. His legend was sealed by one-dimensional Rider fans who locked in on his run performance in the 2013 playoff game against BC while ignoring his late game antics in the 2009 and 2010 Grey Cup games. Durant was always overrated and finally exposed in Montreal as a brutal quarterback.

    • To be fair, that one Grey Cup loss to MTL was all Kavis (the assistant coach responsible for fielding the 13th man on the field). Those two don’t make the most beautiful music together, it seems…

    • Ridersnhabs // January 15, 2018 at 8:29 pm //

      Hmmm that’s sounds very similar you a certain stamp QB

  12. He would look good as a Redblack backup ….get rid of Linley…and maybe tate

  13. Players need to stop signing these big off-season bonuses. Many over the years get cut although this one is not a surprise, if there was no bonus he would be back there. So Freeman is penciled in. You need veteran experience

    • BigRedMachine // January 15, 2018 at 6:59 pm //

      That’s the whole point of having large bonuses due at this time of year when teams have not settled on their roster yet rather than after free agency when teams have already spent up to their salary cap. Much better for the player to be released now than later.

  14. Grizzily Rose // January 15, 2018 at 6:43 pm //

    Brutal qb! For the life of me, don’t know how any team considered him him, oh yeah, clueless taman was tha idiot gm who signed him to ludicris player contracts. 2013 gc courtesy of Kory Sheets.

    • Wrong, only reason the Riders were even in the Cup was thanks to Durant beating BC, almost by himself. And the GM your slagging won the GC at home, something he can never be repaid for.

    • Blue rules // January 15, 2018 at 10:18 pm //

      @ Rosey, 3 GC games in 5 years, two cups. You can have all great players around you, but without a good – great QB it ain’t worth nothing. As a Bomber fan I would ride that bus all the way home!!!!

  15. Thanks for sending over the conditional 2nd-rounder SSK got Collaros for this year in exchange for a guy who was leaving anyways and did SFA in MTL but make people question your player evaluation skills, Kavis!

  16. fannotacoach // January 15, 2018 at 6:51 pm //

    I hope this is not the way DD’s career ends. He was better than his time after the injuries showed. Perhaps a backup position with less pressure can revitalize him on a team that has some depth and a need.

  17. The Als are a tire fire. They are doomed

  18. I hope he comes back mid season as a Rider and saves the season then takes us to a GC victory. Ha ha. Pipe dream but would be hilarious and awesome.

  19. “Where is my forensic 2018 10th pick overall? What say you” ? lol

  20. Masoli does not need mentored because he is the Cat leader and ended last season as the hottest, cool guy.Better to put cash into offensive linemen and receivers.A rookie backup is all the Cats need like Johnny Manziel or another less known.

  21. 3rd and 1 – with a good qb the riders win more than just the 2013 Grey Cup. Only reason they won in 2013 was because of MR. Sheets who was unstoppable. Durant is what his overall CFL record is- a career losing qb. A horribly bad inaccurate and very overpaid average qb IMO. Everything is everyones fault but his. So glad the day he was traded away!

  22. Jack Roper // January 15, 2018 at 9:06 pm //

    My granny in her army boots could have won the 2013 Grey Cup blindfolded handing off to Kory Sheets. The only reason the riders win that game was it was a colluded forgone decision and the fact another mediocre qb by the name of bad hank was terrible, just terrible.

    • Blue rules // January 15, 2018 at 10:22 pm //

      Jack, SOOOOOOOOO……is your granny single

    • And they say Rider fans wear tin foil hats?

      In all seriousness though, your granny sounds like quite the football star. Do you think she would’ve gone 17/24 for 245 yards, 3 TD passes and 0 INTs, plus 26 yards rushing? Because Durant did in the ’13 Grey Cup.

  23. Rider fan // January 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm //

    3rd and one you make a point. In saying that is that like the current Calgary situation.

  24. Tom calder // January 15, 2018 at 10:18 pm //

    Another important move by the Als. Getting honest, being decisive, acknowledging DD was a bust, Reed removing his ego from the decision. Still early but encouraging signs. Keep it movin’ Als !

  25. DD has become very defensive for whatever reason. Even when he won the GC for the Riders he said things like tell my critics I told you so etc. The QB on any team has to take the bad with the good and accept responsibility for both if things are not going well. Anything less only creates a lack of respect with the team and the organization.

    • Agreed. He’s always appeared to have a chip on his shoulder, with this “me against the world” attitude – frankly, not the qualities I’d look for in my first string QB if I was a GM building a team. Personally I lost some respect for him when I saw his overblown “celebration” and his comments about the “football gods” coming through for him after Mtl beat Sask in week 1 2017.

      No discredit to what he accomplished in Regina though – he was a lot of fun to watch and he had a great relationship with the fans.

  26. Hope Durant does NOT become a BC Lion. Durant would be a replay of the disaster that was Kevin Glenn when he was a Lion for one season and then cut due his poor play. Durant is done as a football player and should just retire and be remembered as a “Slider”…and nothing more.

  27. Wow bad last two Januaries for Double “D”. Darien to me just never looked comfortable or right in a ALs uniform, hope Doubles lands on his feet somewhere for a couple more years, Ottawa would be kewl, but sorry Winnipeg lol again Doubles just would look wrong in Bombers uniform, as Dressler still does , but sadly that Dressler relationship is still there so Winnipeg does look good for him.

  28. Reng McGratten // January 18, 2018 at 8:38 pm //

    Re Durant winning that playoof game vs the Lions. BC was missing their star MLB due to injury and on just about every QB scamble there was obvious holding going on a not called. There were plays when Blitzing Lions were tackled in front of refs with no calls being made.

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