The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have an experienced backup for Drew Willy for the 2016 CFL season. And they didn’t have to go outside of the organization by re-signing veteran Matt Nichols to a one year deal.
Nichols was acquired in a trade with Edmonton on September 2nd for a conditional 7th round draft pick in 2017 after it became apparent that neither Robert Marve or Brian Brohm were going to be adequate backups following what turned out to be a season ending right knee injury to Willy on August 9th in Hamilton. Now that he has re-signed for the 2016 CFL season that compensation for the Eskimos has been upgraded to the Bombers best 5th round selection in the 2017 CFL Draft.
Nichols started seven games in 2015 with Winnipeg, going 149-248 for 1,757 yards, and tossing ten touchdowns. In nine games with Edmonton prior to the trade, he completed 128-of-209 passes for 1,488 yards with eight touchdowns. He finished fifth in the CFL with 3,245 yards, and 18 touchdown passes in 2015.
“Getting this deal done was a very important component to our roster heading into 2016,” said Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters. “Matt is an extremely valuable asset to our organization, and provides stability and depth at a very key position.”