The Saskatchewan Roughriders have locked up their starting quarterback for the long haul, announcing a two-year contract extension at an impromptu press conference this afternoon, keeping him with the team through 2021.
Fajardo’s current 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.
This new deal should see the new face of the franchise make significantly more money guaranteed and put aside any questions as to who will be leading the Riders after this season. 3DownNation insider Just Dunk has the money details in the pact.
As Saskatchewan’s starter, Fajardo has been exceptional in leading the Riders to a 11-5 record. He’s thrown for 3,873 yards while completing over 71 per cent of his passes with 16 touchdowns against eight interceptions. The dual-threat QB has used his legs for 610 yards and 10 touchdowns on 106 rushing attempts, averaging 5.8 yards per carry.
Fajardo was a largely unknown commodity when he arrived in Saskatchewan, having never started a professional game in three seasons with the Argonauts and Lions. General manager Jeremy O’Day and head coach Craig Dickenson saw the untapped potential and have now ensured that no one outside of Regina will benefit from their shrewd scouting.
The 27-year old had previously expressed serious interest in signing a long-term contract in Regina, hoping to settle down with his family.
“I want to get something in the two-, three-, four-year range. Because I want to be ‘the guy’ and I’m tired of moving around,” Fajardo said.
That aspired stability has now been attained for both player and team.