The Saskatchewan Roughriders and starting quarterback Cody Fajardo have agreed to a restructured contract for the 2022 season.
The California native signed a two-year contract extension in October 2019 and extended his deal through the end of this year last January. He was originally scheduled to earn $509,000 in hard money for the upcoming season.
Fajardo initially joined the Riders during free agency in 2019 and was thrust into action during the first game of the season. He made his first start at quarterback the following week and went on to throw for a league-leading 4,302 yards and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 611 yards and another 10 touchdowns.
“Cody has always been the definition of a team player, and this is just another example of that,” said general manager Jeremy O’Day. “His leadership both on and off the field has been a large part of our success, and we appreciate his team-first mentality as we head into the 2022 season.”
In 2021, Fajardo led the team to a 9-5 record and the Saskatchewan’s first home playoff win in new Mosaic Stadium. He threw for 2,970 yards, third most in the league, and 14 touchdowns, tied for second most in the league, and rushed for 468 yards, seventh in the league, and four rushing touchdowns, tied for fifth.
Fajardo was the West Division’s Most Outstanding Player in 2019 and has twice been voted the Roughriders Most Outstanding Player.