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Riderville.com Staff

REGINA -- Saskatchewan Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman announced today the team has agreed to terms with quarterback Darian Durant and offensive lineman Chris Best to contract extensions.

The contracts will keep Durant and Best with the club through the 2014 season. Financial details were not released.

Durant is entering his seventh season with the Green & White after joining the team in 2006. The 29-year-old South Carolina native earned the Riders starting quarterback job in the 2009 season and currently sits third on the club’s All-Time record list in passing attempts (1,824), completions (1,107) and passing yards (14,679).

The University of North Carolina graduate also sits fourth on the All-Time record list with 74 career touchdown passes.

“We’re extremely happy to have come to an agreement on terms with Darian,” stated G.M Brendan Taman. “The CFL is a quarterback driven league, and Darian has proven he can lead this team.

This extension allows us to move forward with Darian as our starting quarterback and achieve the ultimate goal of bringing another Grey Cup back to Saskatchewan.”

Best originally joined the Riders after being selected by the club in the first round (4th overall) of the 2005 CFL Draft and is entering his sixth season with the Roughriders.

The 29-year-old Calgary native has been the Riders starting right guard since the 2009 season, and was the Rider’s nominee for Most Outstanding offensive lineman during the 2011 season.

“Chris is one of the best up and coming offensive lineman in the league,” said Taman. “He had a great season last year and keeping him under contract for the future was big priority for us.”

Fan Comments
Glad to see Darian continue to play with the Riders through 2014. My biggest concern is however at backupwhich has been a serious problem for the Riders for many years. If we do not develop or sign a viable backup quarterback then we will be dead in the water when Darian cannot perform. I hope this problem gets addressed.
May 01, 2012 - 2:21am
Glad to see he's still a Rider! Wouldn't want to see him anywhere else. Especially not with the Lions.
April 29, 2012 - 5:01pm
Great Signings Taman. I have been impressed by his off season work. Improving the O line with LaBatte and Pichard. Improving the D line with Willis. Signing some imports that could turn into starters. Getting home grown Paul Woldu...I am pumped! oh and I shoudln't forget coach Chamblin and the great Asst. Coaches he has brought along side him! Riders2012
April 28, 2012 - 12:52am
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GSK: CB woldu when signed by the green made us happy in als country since he has already proved he's not a DB starter!!
May 02, 2012 - 12:06pm
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2 excellent contract extensions by taman BUT what are you going to do on may 3rd to keep the green fans at bay who no matter what you do want you fired?
April 27, 2012 - 12:49pm
He is going to think like a GM and that means thinking beyond this year - even though he only has a 1 year contract. RR fans expect him to build a team which means including the best Canadian players you can get. He will have a hard time explaining passing on the top player who happens to be from SK. He needs patients to get a top Canadian receiver, and it may not be this year, particularly when he dropped an number 8 pick on an import.
April 27, 2012 - 2:20pm