Quarterback Matt Nichols, who was set to become a free agent next month, has been locked up by the Blue Bombers.

The seven-year CFL veteran was picked up by Winnipeg in a trade with the Edmonton Eskimos in September last season. He started seven games with Winnipeg, going 149-248 for 1,757 yards, and tossing 10 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," Bombers GM Kyle Walters stated in a press release from the team.

"Matt is an extremely valuable asset to our organization and provides stability and depth at a very key position."