Riders have been in heavy talks with Cody Fajardo on extension

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have been in heavy talks with quarterback Cody Fajardo on a contract extension, per sources.

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.

Riders’ GM Jeremy O’Day has called for a impromptu media availability this afternoon.

The 27-year old had 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.

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 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.