Ottawa Redblacks re-sign QB Nick Arbuckle

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The Ottawa Redblacks have signed American quarterback Nick Arbuckle to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Sunday. He was slated to become a free agent on Feb. 14.

The 29-year-old was acquired by Ottawa on July 11, 2022 via trade from the Edmonton Elks. He dressed for 12 games and threw for 2,400 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions while rushing 15 times for 65 yards and two touchdowns. The team went 3-5 when Arbuckle was the starter.

“Nick is a five-year veteran of our league and we’re pleased he and his family have decided to stay in Ottawa with the Redblacks,” said general manager Shawn Burke in a statement. “We’re excited to head into the 2023 season with two quarterbacks with significant experience in the CFL game.”

The six-foot-one, 213-pound passer first signed in the CFL in 2017 as a member of the Calgary Stampeders. He won a Grey Cup with the club in 2018 and saw significant playing time in 2019 while Bo Levi Mitchell was out due to injury.

The native of Camarillo, Calif. had his first stint in Ottawa during the CFL’s cancelled season in 2020 after his rights were traded to the nation’s capital. He signed with the Toronto Argonauts in February 2021 following his release from the Redblacks and split starting duties with McLeod Bethel-Thompson before being traded to Edmonton in October 2021.

Arbuckle has dressed for 60 career games and thrown for 6,697 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions.