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January 13, 2017

Durant: ‘This is a very emotional time for me’

Johany Jutras/CFL.ca

TORONTO — Just hours after being traded to the Montreal Alouettes, Darian Durant issued a statement on his website where he reflected on 10-year career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

News broke of Durant’s trade to Montreal early Friday morning in what signaled the end of one of the most celebrated eras in the history of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“Dear Ridernation:  This is a very emotional time for me right now and it’s hard to put my thoughts together, but I wanted to send out a thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 11 years ago when I came up to Saskatchewan, I never could have imagined the love and support I’ve felt from the Rider fans across the world!  Although I wanted to stay, everyone’s time comes and this is mine.  I have so many cherished memories of my time in Green.  I’m excited for a new opportunity.

I’ll say more later once this has sunken in.  Thank you again! 💚”


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News broke of Durant’s trade to Montreal early Friday morning in what signaled the end of one of the most celebrated eras in the history of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The 34-year-old originally joined the team ahead of the 2006 season. Throughout 157 career regular season games, the University of North Carolina product sits second among franchise quarterbacks with 3,519 attempts, 2,186 completions, and 28,136 yards while sitting third with 149 passing touchdowns.

Durant is without a contract beyond Feb. 14, the first day of free agency, and remains among the most highly-touted players slated to hit the market.