Riders sign Fajardo to extension

Cody Fajardo will be around for the 2022 Grey Cup in Regina.

The Riders announced they have signed their starting QB to an extension through the 2022 season. No other details were released.

The 28 year old was the West nominee for Most Outstanding Player in 2019. And he quickly became a fan favourite for Riders fans, helping the team to a 13-5 record.

Fajardo’s deal was to expire at the end of the 2021 season.

Getting Fajardo the extension was something Riders GM Jeremy O’Day said was a priority.  He says it is nice to now have security at the game’s most important position.

“He has played a high level for the year that he has been able to start.” O’Day told reporters during a Zoom session on Tuesday. “We certainly wanted him to be part of it and we wanted to make sure that he knew that.”

Fajardo says there wasn’t a lot of back-and-forth in getting something done as both sides were close to where they wanted to be when talks started.

“We weren’t far off when it came to figures to start.” Fajardo said. “We then figured out a number to agree upon. It happened very fast and I’m super-excited about it.

While Fajardo took a pay cut for the upcoming season, there are reports he could make over $500,000 in hard money in 2022.

Fajardo went into the 2019 season as a career backup, but he got his opportunity in the first game of the season when Zach Collaros was hurt and went on to have a season where he led in the CFL in passing yards and was named the West nominee for most outstanding player.


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