Eight possible landing spots for Darian Durant

With Darian Durant getting his walking papers from the Montreal Alouettes on Monday, the question becomes: where does he end up? Let’s take a look at the possibilities and the odds.

1. Winnipeg 2-to-1

The Bombers have an established starter in Matt Nichols but, as last season showed, not much behind him. Dan LeFevour made one start, which he managed to win despite throwing for just 91 yards and tossing two picks while Dominque Davis wasn’t much better in limited action. LeFevour is set to be a free agent in February.

Durant would give the Bombers some much-needed insurance behind Nichols, who was hampered late in the season by a calf injury. He has a history with offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice from their Saskie days.

Plus, the idea of Durant suiting up against the Riders in the Banjo Bowl is just too juicy to ignore.

2. Montreal 3-to-1

Despite his release by Mr. Consequences – who traded a fourth- and second-round pick and gave Durant a new deal last January, let’s remember – Durant still makes plenty of sense in Montreal given that they are the only CFL team left without a presumptive starter.

Now, it makes no sense to pay $150,000 in up front money to a guy who could not hit the broad side of Nik Lewis’ ass in one memorable game last season but the Alouettes don’t have much by the way of options, either. Ex-NFLer Josh Freeman is a giant question mark and Matt Schlitz hardly looked like the second coming of Anthony Calvillo, albeit in limited playing time. And while Kavis Reed may covet Johnny Manziel, he still belongs to Hamilton.

Then there’s this.



3. Toronto 5-to-1*

The Argonauts get an asterisk because so much depends on what happens with Ricky Ray. If he retires, then Durant makes plenty of sense as a back up behind newly-signed James Franklin (especially given that last year’s No. 2, Cody Fajardo is set to be a free agent and hardly inspired confidence in 2017.)

If Ricky comes back, however, then the Argos hardly need two geezer back ups.

4. Ottawa 8-to-1

This seems like a weird one given that the Redblacks have a starter (Trevor Harris), a veteran back up (Drew Tate) and an NFL washout (Ryan Lindley) already on the roster (all are under contract next season.)

But the Redblacks were in on Kevin Glenn before he signed in Edmonton, an indication that they aren’t entirely happy with their quarterbacking situation behind Harris. Bob Dyce, the current Ottawa special teams coordinator, was in Saskatchewan with Durant from 2010 to 2015.

5. Hamilton 10-to-1

While Johnny Manziel’s Comeback SZN™ was expected to begin as the No. 2 on the Ticats’ depth chart, his agent’s recent rocket of a public statement may have thrown a wrench into those plans.

If Johnny Football takes his talents to… wherever… the Ticats could use a back up behind Jeremiah Masoli: Everett Golson, who has thrown four CFL passes, is set to be a free agent and Dane Evans is… well, who knows?

Durant’s presence, while newsworthy, would hardly cause a ripple compared to the gong show that will almost certainly accompany Manziel.

6. B.C. 15-to-1

Jonathon Jennings just re-did his deal but remains the starter for the Lions and one hopes the team will do right by veteran and all-around good guy Travis Lulay, who is battling back from a torn ACL suffered in September (and is set to be a free agent.)

Still, it’s not hard to see the Lions wanting some veteran insurance behind Jennings, given that Lulay won’t be ready until late in the season.

7. Retirement 50-to-1

Could Darian call it quits? He’s 35 with a couple of rings, including the 2013 Grey Cup which made him a legend in Saskatchewan. His reputation as a very good and occasionally great quarterback with some flaws is likely set in stone. Like Ray, one wonders what he has left to play for.

But walking away is the hardest thing to do – it’s why Glenn is still going at 38 and they carried Calvillo off the field on his shield in 2013 after his final concussion.

And clearly, there is a market for Durant so it’s unlikely he’s not done quite yet.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders 10 trillion-gazillion-to-1

They have a starter (Zach Collaros) and a young back up (Brandon Bridge) and they just got rid of their veteran insurance (Glenn) – not to mention the sea of bad blood between Durant and Chris Jones following their contentious contract negotiations last off-season (that ultimately saw him dealt to Montreal.)

Still, Durant in anything else other than green-and-white will never look quite right and the storylines would essentially write themselves. No, it isn’t happening – still fun to think about, though.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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39 Comments on Eight possible landing spots for Darian Durant

  1. BigRedMachine // January 16, 2018 at 4:02 pm //

    Nik Lewis is going to body slam you next time he sees you…

  2. Scottsask // January 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm //

    Nik Lewis’ giant ass is unmissable. That’s the sign of an inaccurate qb.

  3. “NFL washout” Ugh. I hate that term. What exactly is it supposed to mean anyway? To me it’s the kind of empty term I expect to hear from small minded, bigoted, haters, like Darell Davis. Please don’t use it anymore.

    On Durant, Tate is old, not very mobile, and brittle, and Lindley hasn’t shown anything. Durant would be a huge upgrade – or at least the real Duran would, not the guy who showed up last year – and Ottawa is close to being a contending team, so I think the RedBlacks would be appealing to Durant as well.

  4. I think the odds of him returning to the Riders are higher than 10 trillion-gazillion-to-1

    • When both Collaros & Chris Jones are gone after going zero & eight to start the season, Durant will surely be called upon to perform a ‘Masoli’ to salvage the Riders 2018 season.

      • Jerimiah was a Bull Frog // January 16, 2018 at 6:27 pm //

        Ya and the real truth is when David stood up to Goliath. One giant sandal stepped forward and squashed the shit out of David and presto. We no longer had to listen to his dribble and BS

      • Lmao, that’s not happening. Jones just got a contract extension through 2019, he’s not going anywhere.

    • BleedsGreen // January 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm //

      You would have to hit Jones with a Zamboni first. If he is in Regina, odds are higher then that.

  5. If Ray does retire, Toronto makes the most sense if they want him. Franklin is unproven and would potentially be his best shot at unseating a starter. For now, Winnipeg and Ottawa make the most sense and likely landing spots.
    Anyway Drew I’m sure Nik will get a laugh if he reads or hears about this. I did!

    • If Ray retires, the odds are now even that Durant signs with the Double Blue. Cody Fajardo and Jeff Matthews have more value as padding on the blocking sleds than as quarterbacks.

      We’ll know in the next two weeks. No way Ray lets free agency start and not tell the Argos he’s not coming back.

    • Ray kind of needs to shit or get off the pot, kinda hard to plan a team when you don’t know what your star player is doing. Unless they already know and just haven’t released it.

  6. BleedzGreen // January 16, 2018 at 5:11 pm //

    Durant’s always worn his heart on his sleeve, and he’s proud, to a fault. I can’t feature him accepting a back-up role anywhere.

    Sadly I think we’ve seen the last of him… At least as a player.

  7. Blue rules // January 16, 2018 at 5:31 pm //


    • Ridersnhabs // January 16, 2018 at 7:04 pm //

      And just much crow would u have to eat if he ended up in winnipeg after all the years you made fun of him . Of course just putting that bomber jersey on makes him an instant star , kinda like drew willy

      • Blue rules // January 16, 2018 at 7:43 pm //

        @ Ridernshabs, I never mocked Durant, never had a reason to, when in Regina he was very good until his injury, I only hated him when the Bombers had to play against him, BTW he kicked our ass almost all the time, would like to get even with Riders, Durant/Dressler combo on short yard situations

    • Sorry blue he probably wants to win a championship
      Do Bombers fans even know what that is hahahahaha

  8. papazoola // January 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm //

    Just waiting for the announcement that Darian has signed in Winnipeg…Seems a done deal and a no-brainer.

  9. You forgot to mention the Dressler factor in Winnipeg – Dressler was his go-to receiver and close friend from his glory days with the Riders, and a fellow Chris Jones cut. If I know Darian at all, I’d say he’s licking his chops at the chance to join Dressler on a rising Winnipeg team with a rowdy fanbase, especially if it involves even the slightest opportunity to stick it to Chris Jones as a Blue Bomber in early September.

    I’d be very surprised if DD doesn’t end up in WPG.

    • Jerimiah was a Bull Frog // January 16, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

      I would have to disagree for a few reasons Craig. First and foremost Darian Durant never ever jawed with competing fans except in Winnipeg. It was a mutual disliking of each other. Secondly whether Darian understands it or not. Darian is going to want a chance to compete for the number one spot. That’s not going to happen in Winnipeg. Third as a back up Darian knows his opportunity to throw to Dressler is pretty minute at best. As Nichols would have to be out with injury. Even if that was the case. I can almost guarantee that Dress would be out with Injury as well. If you look at Dresslers time in Winnipeg. He has missed a fair chunk of time each of the last 2 Seasons.
      Yet you never know, once Darian realizes he is only going to get signed as the designated #2 he may go into another funk and sign just about anywhere that will have him.

      • Blue rules // January 16, 2018 at 7:23 pm //

        @ Jerimiah, where to start???.first you spell your name wrong!!. It should be “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” as the song goes…
        Second, Craig NEVER said anything about Jawed with competing fans, Craig said “join Dressler on a rising Winnipeg team with a rowdy fan base”
        Third, if Nichols is injured so will Dressler???
        Forth, Dressler time in Winnipeg . He had missed a fair chunk. He had never played for Winnipeg to this point.

        • Blue rules // January 16, 2018 at 7:46 pm //

          My bad, omit my forth point!

          • Jeremiah was a Bull Fricken Frog // January 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm //

            Blue I can write my name the way I prefer it to be. Don’t be such a dickweed and don’t correct grammar or spelling. It’s a fricken blog!
            Learn how to read a comment Blue. Craig states Darian should be in Winnipeg as Dressler was his go to reciever. Meaning throwing him the ball. Sure didn’t mean going over to his house. Then I give my # 1, 2, and 3 reasons why I don’t think Darian will be in Winnipeg. It has nothing to do with Craig’s reasons.
            Dresser has missed several games in both seasons. So yes the chances of Dressler not in the line up if Nichols was out with injury is pretty darn high.

          • Bleeding Green // January 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm //

            Also while were on the topic of spelling, its “fourth”. You’re welcome.

          • Blue rules // January 17, 2018 at 8:17 pm //

            @ bleeding, I stand corrected, thanks

        • Blue rules // January 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm //

          Jeremiah is full of bull S#i+, would be a more proper name….haha

  10. Drew am I missing something Cats at 5 out of 8 teams? It looks unlikely Cats are able to sign Manziel ,Golson a free agent and Evans has not a single snap in the CFL.I was surprised the Cats did not insist on Adams from SASK in Collaros trade even if it meant a little lower draft pick.Adams is likely 3rd on Sask depth chart but has CFL experience and has won a few CFL regular season games, HE has similar skill set as Masoli and its a fact in the NFL,CFL or College you better have a capable back!

  11. You might have added the odds for NO team wanting to sign him now given last year and how much it reminds us of how an unhappy Durant plays.

    Some players are not built to be back ups and some are fine with it. Durant has the all the ear marks of the guy who can’t be a back up.

    It just doesn’t seem to be in his DNA.

  12. Ridersnhabs // January 16, 2018 at 7:12 pm //

    At this point in his career DD realizes most guy end up as a backup , even Burris was a backup in Ottawa. Yes he is a proud guy but like any backup you are one injury away from being the starter . Whenever he goes I hope he does well
    Even as a backup he still gets to play football and that sure beats having a regular job

  13. Fern Allary // January 16, 2018 at 8:39 pm //

    So what I am hearing is you’re saying there’s a chance he ends up in Riderville?

  14. BleedsGreen // January 16, 2018 at 9:00 pm //

    Hell no

  15. The only way he ends up in Riderville is for the birth of his child.

  16. Scottsask // January 17, 2018 at 1:00 am //

    …….and his induction to the plaza of honour 2022 book it.

  17. If Winnipeg want him – I don’t think this is a good move

    Durante has had major injuries and Dressler has also had injuries, the 1 — 2 May only work for a game , not worth the chance/risk

  18. wow folks…i know this is all speculation and playful banter…but in the end…if the cfl is better with Durant in the game…so be it

  19. Cal should sign DD they need a QB Bo can’t win the big games that’s a fact then u could have DD playing for DD all the DS for dumb Bo hahaha

  20. C’mon Drew, give Cody a break, eh!

  21. I could certainly see Hamilton adding Durant as a backup QB. If the Johnny Manziel situation doesn’t work out, he would add some benefit, even if it’s just to add a veteran presence.

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