Riders initiate contract extension talks with QB Cody Fajardo

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have initiated contract extension discussions with quarterback Cody Fajardo.

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.

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.

As Saskatchewan’s starter, Fajardo has been mostly stellar leading the Riders to a 8-3 record. He’s thrown for 2,862 yards while completing over 71 per cent of his passes with 10 touchdowns against seven interceptions. The dual-threat QB has used his legs for 396 yards and nine touchdowns on 70 rushing attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry