The Montreal Alouettes have acquired the Canadian Football League (CFL) rights of offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
The club de la Belle Province made the announcement on Thursday, during the second quarter of their matchup against the Edmonton Elks. The fans present at Percival-Molson Stadium welcomed the news warmly.
The rights to “LDT” previously belonged to the Calgary Stampeders. To get them, general manager Danny Maciocia gave two conditional choices to the Alberta team.
Concretely, the Sparrows will send their next second-round pick to the Stampeders if the Quebecer signs a contract with the Alouettes or another CFL organization. Additionally, Calgary would also have the option of switching their next first-round pick with the “Als,” should it turn out to be higher.
“We are pleased to have been able to proceed with this transaction. Laurent wants to be a football icon in Montreal and Quebec. We can only come out winners from this transaction, because even if he never puts on the Alouettes' uniform, he will be able to encourage us and openly display himself as one of our supporters without feeling any remorse,” declared the Alouettes general manager, Danny Maciocia, in a statement.
Duvernay-Tardif played 54 games in five NFL seasons, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets . He won the Super Bowl with the first team in 2019.
Last June, the 31-year-old Quebecer announced that he was putting his football career on hold to focus on medicine and take up residency. He had been a free agent in the NFL since last March.
“We wish Laurent the best of success for the continuity of his football career and are satisfied that if it continues in Canada, it will be in a city and a stadium he knows very well, also said Maciocia. And if he ever aligns himself with the Alouettes, he will finally be able to display the letters M.D. on his jersey, as he wanted to do.”
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