Redblacks acquire rights to QB Nick Arbuckle in trade with Stampeders

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The Redblacks may have found their new quarterback: Nick Arbuckle.

Calgary traded the rights to Arbuckle to Ottawa in exchange for a third-round CFL draft pick. The Stampeders will also receive a conditional selection from the Redblacks if the 26-year-old signs a new contract with Ottawa. He is currently set to become a free agent on February 11.

Arbuckle posted a 4-3 win-loss record during his seven-game stint while Bo Levi Mitchell healed. He completed 174-of-238 passes for 2,103 yards with 11 touchdowns against five interceptions and ran 27 times for 76 yards and four majors.

The Stampeders first signed Arbuckle in 2016 when he spent a month on Calgary’s practice roster. He rejoined the club in 2018 and appeared in 36 regular season games over the past two seasons. As a Stamp, Arbuckle completed 191-of-263 passes (72 percent completion rate) for 2,247 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also had 62 carries for 149 yards and nine touchdowns.

The New York Giants worked Arbuckle out in December, but there has yet to be a contract offer from the Big Apple. Arbuckle wanted the chance to be a starting QB in the CFL and it could happen in the nation’s capital.

Ottawa currently has Dominique Davis, Will Arndt, Ross Comis and Kevin Anderson under contract at quarterback for the 2020 season with the Redblacks. New head coach Paul LaPolice clearly has an affinity for Arbuckle.