Montreal Alouettes acquires rights to Laurent Duvernay-Tardif


The Montreal Alouettes on Thursday acquired the rights to offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Calgary Stampeders.

The Montreal team gave up two conditional picks.

If the McGill alumnus signs a contract with the Alouettes or another CFL team, Montreal would send his next pick to Calgary for the second round.

The Stampeders would then have an opportunity to trade the next first-round pick to the Alouettes if it turns out to be higher than Calgary’s.

Should the Alouettes not have a first-round pick the following season, that option would apply the following year.

“We are pleased to have completed this transaction. Laurent is a football icon in Montreal and Quebec,” said Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia in a press release.

“We wish him every success in his future football career and are pleased that when he plays in Canada he will be playing in a city and stadium that he knows very well.”

We’ve just acquired the rights to offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif! When he plays in the CFL, he does it in his own backyard! ��

— Alouettes de Montreal (@MTLAlouettes)
July 15, 2022

Duvernay-Tardif played 54 games in five NFL seasons and helped the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super Bowl in the 2019 season.

In 2020, the former André-Grasset College Phoenix player was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy, awarded to Canada’s Athlete of the Year.

The 31-year-old Quebecer, who juggles a career as a doctor and a professional athlete, has decided not to play in the NFL in 2020 and to focus on his career in medicine amid the pandemic to help those who are suffering needed it the most.

This decision earned him one of Sports Illustrated’s prestigious awards, the annual Sportsman of the Year.

Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round pick (200th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, played in eight games for the New York Jets last season.

The Stampeders drafted him in the third round (19th overall) in the 2014 CFL Draft.

— This report from The Canadian Press was first published in French on July 14, 2022.


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