Riders, QB Cody Fajardo have had talks about a contract extension

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Dialogue has been initiated between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and rising star quarterback Cody Fajardo on a possible extension.

“That’s not for me, I’m not sure yet, I know that there’s been a little bit of talking, but obviously I’m focused on the football aspect of it,” Fajardo said.

“I know personally that it will all take care of itself. I just want to enjoy the time that I have with these guys now and be in the moment and not worry about the future.”

Fajardo’s one-year deal runs through the 2019 season with the Riders and it’s a bargain. Should Fajardo make every possible dollar on his contract – it would still be around $150,000 for a starting quarterback.

“Foe me, I love this place and I love these guys and I love the coaches and I think the front office is doing a great job of who they’re bringing in and I got a lot of trust in them. I just hope they have a lot of trust in me,” Fajardo said.

“Just continue to win games, continue to show those guys that I can win football games, meaningful football games down the stretch. We got some meaningful games coming up and we got a chance for first place in the West. I’m excited about that opportunity, I can’t look at anything else.”

As Saskatchewan’s starter, Fajardo has been mostly stellar leading the Riders to a 7-2 record. He’s thrown for 2,412 yards while completing over 72 per cent of his passes with nine touchdowns against six interceptions. The dual-threat QB has used his legs for 321 yards and seven touchdowns on 59 rushing attempts, averaging 5.4 yards per carry.

“In what I am looking for I think it fits well with who I am as a person. It’s a blue collar city which I’m absolutely all about – I love the small city feel. I love how everything is Roughriders,” Fajardo said.

“When you can get in a city where you’re the number one thing in town, it’s pretty special. Being in the other places you’re competing with other professional sports or other events, but here we’re the talk of the town.”

Entering the 2019 season Fajardo had never started a professional football game. He was a backup and short yardage specialist with the Argos and Lions to begin his CFL career. General manager Jeremy O’Day and head coach Craig Dickenson saw the potential in Fajardo.

“They’re the first ones to give me my opportunity to start and the first place to give me a chance and show that they see me as a franchise guy,” Fajardo said.

“I just want to continue to play well for them and show them that they didn’t make a mistake with me at the quarterback position.”