Less than a day after the Roughriders’ season-ending 41-18 loss at B.C. Saturday night, quarterback Darian Durant was updating reporters on contract talks with the Riders on a new deal.
Speaking Sunday morning at Mosaic Stadium, Durant had little good news.
He says talks appear to have reached an impasse after originally beginning in mid-September.
“I think right now it’s pretty much at a standstill,” Durant told a throng of reporters surrounding his locker Sunday morning.
The 34-year-old is set to become a free agent in February if he and the Roughriders don’t come to a new deal that keeps him in Regina.
“I think we’ve presented an offer that we feel is more than reasonable, and it’s up to the team to accept it,” he said. “I took a pay cut this year coming in. I’m willing to take another pay cut. I feel like I’ve done my part.”
Durant took a 100-thousand dollar paycut entering the this season.
Chris Jones wasn’t available for comment on Sunday, instead he’s set to hold a year-end news conference Monday morning.
Reflecting on a season where the Riders went 5-13 – two wins better than 2015 – Durant said the team was “unable to build the type of chemistry we needed to be successful.”
That was due in part to a constantly changing roster, a symptom of several injuries that kept experienced starters sidelined for most or all of 2016.
That required Jones and Riders’ brass to constantly bring in new players and to contend with roster ratios for Canadian and international starters.
Rod Pedersen and crew will discuss this further on Rider Monday at 4:00 pm in the SportsCage.