The Montreal Alouettes have a sense of surprise. The team announced on Thursday evening, in the middle of its game against the Edmonton Elks, that it had acquired the rights of Quebecer Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in the CFL.
Updated at 10:01 PM yesterday.
The offensive lineman’s rights were previously owned by the Calgary Stampeders. In return, the Sparrows give up two conditional choices.
This means that if Duvernay-Tardif decided to play on the Canadian circuit, rather than return to the NFL or retire from football, he would be with the Alouettes.
The general manager of the Montreal formation, Danny Maciocia, responded to the news in a press release. An understandable way to do that, as at the time of the announcement he was on the pitch for his first game as head coach of the Alouettes.
“Laurent wants to be a football icon in Montreal and Quebec,” he said. We can only become winners of this transaction, because even if he never puts on the uniform of the Alouettes, he will be able to cheer us on and openly show himself as one of our supporters without feeling any regrets. »
“We wish Laurent every success for the continuity of his football career and are pleased that if it continues in Canada, it will be in a city and stadium that he knows very well,” he added. And if he ever joins the Alouettes, he’ll finally be able to display the letters MD on his jersey, the way he wanted to. »
After losing his team on Thursday, Maciocia told the media that the trade was made the day before.
We’ve been working on getting his rights in Montreal since last year, knowing he can play one day. If not, he’s a good ambassador for the Alouettes.
Danny Maciocia, General Manager of the Alouettes
Duvernay-Tardif, who won the Super Bowl LIV with the Kansas City Chiefs, is juggling his career as a doctor and professional athlete. He preferred not to seek a contract this summer and instead began his residency in medicine. He is therefore currently a free agent and will be able to join an NFL team in September.
The news reacted immediately – and of course – on social networks, with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif being one of the most popular sports personalities in Quebec.
But the chances of seeing him play in the CFL are pretty slim. In an interview with The press in June, the director concerned had indicated that he would prioritize his medicines this summer, then he would consider “what will be on the table in terms of football this autumn”, admitting that he had seriously considered retiring to be announced during the past few months.
“I thought about announcing my retirement, but when I talked about medicine with the teams interested in my services, they understood,” he explained. There is no general manager who can say that I am not making the right decision. It may be that there is less interest than there is now [cet automne], but no one can question my choice. »
Duvernay-Tardif then made it very clear that the odds of him being back on the football field were “50-50” and that if he did decide to play again, it would be for a team aiming for the Super Bowl.
“It’s not a question of money anymore,” he hinted. The most important thing is to be part of a team that has a chance to win the Super Bowl. »
The athlete was questioned more specifically to find out if it was possible for him to join the Quebec team, in case things didn’t work out in the NFL.
These are great marketing ideas! But no, I don’t think that’s a possibility. I feel like if I put my medicine back on the back burner, I’ll win another Super Bowl.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, last June
“I say it in all humility and I don’t want to seem stubborn, but I’m betting on myself,” he added. I allow myself to look at what is best for me from a more holistic and macro point of view rather than just looking at it from a football perspective. I am happy in my current position. »
As they say, only crazy people don’t change their mind. But if we rely on these statements, the chances of seeing Duvernay-Tardif in the uniform of the Alouettes are almost nil.
With the collaboration of Miguel Bujold, The press