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Report: REDBLACKS acquire Arbuckle's rights from Stamps

OTTAWA — According to a report from A.J. Jakubec, the Ottawa REDBLACKS have acquired pending free agent quarterback Nick Arbuckle from the Calgary Stampeders in exchange for a third round draft pick.

A conditional pick will also go to Calgary if the REDBLACKS are able to sign Arbuckle to an extension, Jakubec reports.

Arbuckle, 26, enjoyed a breakout season as the backup to Bo Levi Mitchell in 2019, throwing for 2,103 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He started seven games after Mitchell suffered a pectoral injury in Week 3 vs. BC, throwing for 360-plus yards on three separate occasions.

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While Arbuckle is free to test the open market on Feb. 11, signing him would address an immediate need for REDBLACKS general manager Marcel Desjardins, whose team is coming off a three-win season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

Recently, one of the top pending free agents was taken off the market when Jeremiah Masoli signed an extension with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterbacks Matt Nichols, Chris Streveler and Zach Collaros, along with Argos pivot McLeod Bethel-Thompson, are among quarterbacks that remain pending free agents.

Last month, the REDBLACKS hired Paul LaPolice to be the team’s second head coach since expansion in 2014 following the departure of Rick Campbell.


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