Redblacks QB Nick Arbuckle would have turned down contract offer from New York Giants

Ottawa Redblacks franchise quarterback Nick Arbuckle is happy with his decision to sign in the nation’s capital.

So much so that Arbuckle would have turned down an NFL offer. Arbuckle worked out for the New York Giants in December.

“Even if the Giants were to offer me a contract it’s not something that I would’ve done at that time within our current situation. Everything about this league and about this country has been so welcoming and so great for our family,” Arbuckle said on TSN radio 1200 in Ottawa.

“There was the opportunity presented to go workout for the Giants. It was still something that we had discussed and felt like we want to be in Canada, this is where we want our kid born and raised.”

The Georgia State University product was highly productive in the NCAA. Arbuckle passed for 7,651 yards, 51 touchdowns and 29 interceptions with a 61.9 completion rate. After going unselected in the 2016 NFL draft, Arbuckle accepted an invite to Pittsburgh Steelers rookie mini-camp, however, following its completion he was not offered a deal.

“If you asked me a year ago, I would’ve said undoubtedly that’s what the goal is, I want to get to the NFL and that’s been my dream since I was a little kid,” Arbuckle said.

“But now after everything that has happened this past season and everything going on with Ottawa, the idea of my wife and I starting our family here, it’s definitely a conversation that we would have to sit down and have.”

Arbuckle signed a two-year contract through the 2021 season with the Redblacks which included a $210,000 signing bonus with $420,000 and $430,000 in hard money for the deal and $470,000 total available in year one, $495,000 in year two — according to 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk.

“It’s something [the NFL] that could be a possibility. Two, three years from now the situation with my life and our life might look different, but the CFL is definitely a bigger part of my future than I thought it was going to be. We have loved every second of being in Canada,” Arbuckle said.

The six-foot-one, 214-pound Arbuckle has modelled his quarterbacking style after Super Bowl champion Drew Brees. The 13-time Pro Bowlers checks in at six-feet, 209 pounds. Brees has recorded 77,416 passing yards with 547 touchdowns versus 237 interceptions in 275 games with a 67.6 completion percentage.

“The guy that I watch the most film on and try to emulate the most is Drew Brees. He’s a quarterback that I’ve been studying for many years since I was in college,” Arbuckle said.

“Trying to replicate a lot of the things in my game after his because he’s such a successful quarterback and he does it at six-feet tall like I am. He’s somebody that I can relate to and see what works for him and things that can work for me.”

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