The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pleased to announce the club has agreed to a multi-year contract with starting quarterback Matt Nichols. The agreement will keep the veteran pivot in Winnipeg through the 2019 season.
“We made it very clear heading into the offseason that getting Matt signed was a top priority for us,” said Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters. “Obviously it was going to take some time on both sides, but we’re ecstatic as an organization to get this finalized today and continue building for 2017 and beyond.”
Nichols, a seven-year CFL veteran, took over the starting reins in Week 6 of 2016, and proceeded to help guide the team to seven consecutive games – the longest club winning streak for a quarterback since Khari Jones in 2001 – and finished the season with a 10-3 record. He concluded 2016 with career highs in touchdowns (18), yards (3,666) and completions (327), while throwing only nine interceptions and being named the club’s Most Outstanding Player. His 3,666 passing yards placed him fifth in the CFL despite starting only 13 regular season games, and he finished the season with four 300 yard passing games.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity Kyle Walters and Coach O’Shea gave me when they acquired me in 2015,” said Nichols. “That was the beginning of a fresh start for me, and I was able to get a full opportunity last season. I truly feel we are on the precipice of great things with this organization from top to bottom, and I’m appreciative that they feel I am the quarterback to lead them there.”
Nichols had one of his best games of 2016 in the Western Semi-Final, where he completed 26 passes for a career-high 390 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Nichols was acquired in a trade for a late round draft pick in 2015, and started seven games for the Bombers that season.