Blue Bombers sign CFL all-star DB Deatrick Nichols to contract extension through 2023

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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed a one-year contract extension with all-star defensive back Deatrick Nichols through 2023.

Nichols was already under contract for the 2022 season.

The five-foot-nine, 188-pound Nichols returns to the Bombers for a second season after starting the first 12 games last year before missing the final two weeks of the regular season during the shortened schedule. He then started both the West Final and 108th Grey Cup win in Hamilton.

Nichols finished his first year with 43 defensive tackles and three more on special teams, adding three interceptions, one quarterback sack, one fumble recovery and was among the CFL leaders with seven pass knockdowns.

Nichols added four tackles in the Grey Cup and was part of the walk-off interception in overtime that sealed the championship. The cover man was also named a West Division and CFL all-star in his rookie campaign in Canada.

After starting his final three seasons for the University of South Florida, Nichols first signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 as an undrafted NFL free agent, dressing for two regular season games that season. Following his release from the Cards, he signed with the Houston Roughnecks of the XFL and was leading the league with three interceptions before it ceased operations due to the pandemic.

He was with the Miami Dolphins later that season before first signing with the Blue Bombers on February 5, 2021.