Toronto Argonauts release quarterback Matt Nichols

The Toronto Argonauts have released veteran quarterback Matt Nichols.

The two sides were at an impasse in contract renegotiations as the veteran passer was due a $220,000 bonus on February 1.

Nichols threw fifteen touchdowns and five interceptions in 2019 as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He led to team to a 7-2 record prior to suffering a season-ending shoulder injury against the B.C. Lions.

The ten-year veteran has passed for 18,363 yards, 108 touchdowns, and 60 interceptions while completing 66 percent of his attempts. He’s also recorded 140 carries for 617 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground en route to a 45-28 win-loss record as a starter.

Nichols had a strong season in 2016 when he passed for 3,666 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He improved on those totals the following years, throwing for 4,472 yards and 28 touchdowns with just eight interceptions.

Both performances came with Paul LaPolice serving as Winnipeg’s offensive coordinator. With LaPolice now the head coach in Ottawa, the pair could reunite with the Redblacks in 2021.