Getty New York Jets offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif makes a block during an NFL game.
A former New York Jets starter could be on the move.
The Montreal Alouettes acquired the rights to offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in exchange for two draft picks to be sent to the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, the league announced.
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It’s unclear if LDT will ever play soccer again, either in the NFL or CFL.
Duvernay-Tardif was the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 campaign due to the COVID pandemic. In the process, he set aside his soccer aspirations to help fight the disease.
The Canadian big man played in eight games and made seven starts during his stint with Gang Green.
During the offseason, LDT said he was once again stepping away from soccer in order to complete his medical residency.
Now, another option he will have on his plate is to stay in Canada with the CFL.
“We are happy to have proceeded with this transaction. Laurent is a soccer icon in Montreal and Quebec. We can only be winners in this transaction because even if Laurent never wears an Alouettes uniform, he will be able to openly support his hometown team without feeling any remorse,” Alouettes general manager Danny Maciocia said in a statement on the league’s website.
“We wish him the best of success in the future of his soccer career and are satisfied knowing that if he plays in Canada, he will do so in a city and a stadium he knows very well. Finally, he could also wear the letters MD on the back of his jersey as he has always wanted to do.”
This is a developing story and we will provide more details as they become available.