We acquire the rights of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif!
Montreal, July 14, 2022 – The Montreal Alouettes announced Thursday that the club has acquired the rights of national offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif from the Calgary Stampeders.
In exchange, Montreal sends two conditional choices to Calgary. If the McGill alum signs with the Alouettes, or any other CFL team, in 2022 (or any subsequent season), Montreal will send its second-round pick to Calgary.
In addition, the Stampeders would have the option of trading their first-round picks in the next draft, if the Alouettes’ pick is higher than the Stampeders’. If Montreal did not have a first-round pick the following season, Calgary would retain that right for the following season.
“We are pleased to have completed this transaction. Laurent is a football icon in Montreal and Quebec. We can only be winners in this transaction, because even if Laurent will never wear the uniform of the Alouettes, he will be able to openly support the team of his hometown without feeling any remorse”, declared the general manager of the Alouettes, Danny Maciocia. “We wish him the best of success in his football career and are satisfied to know that if he plays in Canada, he will do so in a city and a stadium he knows very well. He could also finally wear the letters MD on the back of his jersey as he wanted to.
Duvernay-Tardif (6’5″, 321 pounds) played 54 games in five NFL seasons, helping the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV after the 2019 campaign. awarded annually to the best Canadian athlete.
The 31-year-old resident of Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC, who juggles his medical career with his career as a professional athlete, opted out of the 2020 NFL season to be a full-time doctor and helping those in need at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this decision, he received the prestigious Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award.
Drafted in the sixth round (200th overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft, Duvernay-Tardif played eight games with the New York Jets last season. The Stampeders selected him in the third round (19th overall) in the 2014 CFL Canadian Draft.