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09/02/2015 11:44 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Winnipeg Blue Bombers acquire quarterback Nichols from Edmonton Eskimos

WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Blue Bombers acquired veteran quarterback Matt Nichols from the Edmonton Eskimos on Wednesday for a conditional seventh-round 2017 draft pick.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound Nichols joined Edmonton as a free agent in 2010. He started 12 games with the Eskimos, posting a 5-7 record.

All five victories have come this year, as Nichols was 5-2 as the Eskimos starter in 2015 after incumbent Mike Reilly suffered a knee injury in the club's season opener.

Nichols has completed 270-of-443 passes for 3,386 yards and 19 TD strikes during his CFL career but has also surrendered 18 interceptions.

He certainly fills a need for the Bombers (3-6), who've dropped two straight since starter Drew Willy suffered a knee injury.

The initial diagnosis was Willy would miss six-to-eight weeks with the injury but there's speculation it could cost him the remainder of the season.

"Matt is a player with significant experience in this league," Bombers GM Kyle Walters said in a statement. "He has proven to be a solidified quarterback, and will come in and add immediate depth to this position on our roster."

The Canadian Press