Blue Bombers sign Nichols to one-year extension

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Matt Nichols (15). (John Woods/CP)

Veteran quarterback Matt Nichols has signed a one-year contract extension with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, according to Canadian Football League sources.

Last season Winnipeg went out and acquired Nichols after franchise pivot Drew Willy suffered what turned out to be a season-ending right knee injury in Week 7. After suffering two straight losses with Robert Marve lining up as the main man behind centre, falling to 3-6, the Bombers sent a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 CFL Draft to Edmonton for Nichols on Sept. 2.

Nichols went on to start seven games for Winnipeg completing 60.1 per cent of his pass attempts for 1,757 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, No. 15 managed to produce just a 2-5 win-loss record in those outings for the Bombers, four of the losses coming by one, two, three and seven points respectively.

While with Edmonton, Nichols started 12 games compiling a 5-7 mark, all five victories coming in 2015 while filling in for injured No. 1 QB Mike Reilly. As an Eskimo the 28-year-old threw for 3,386 yards with 19 touchdowns and 18 interceptions while dressing 45 games.

In 2015 Nichols became the first quarterback in CFL history to throw for at least 1,400 yards for two different teams in the same year. And only three pivots started more games last season than Nichols’ 14, Henry Burris 18, Bo Levi Mitchell 17 and Trevor Harris 16.

New offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice preferred Nichols above other possible quarterbacks who could’ve been available in free agency because his playing style is similar to Willy’s.