WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers acquired quarterback Drew Willy from the Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan Roughriders for Canadian receiver Jade Etienne on Thursday.

Willy was scheduled to become a free agent next week but has signed an extension with the Bombers, the CFL club announced.

The move comes after Winnipeg lost out to the Ottawa Redblacks for the services of veteran free-agent Henry Burris.

Willy doesn't have a lot of experience with a 2-2 record in his two seasons with the Roughriders. He joins Max Hall and Justin Goltz to compete for the Winnipeg starter's job.

The six-foot-three, 215-pound Willy was 32-of-52 passing last season for 474 yards and four touchdowns.

Winnipeg GM Kyle Walters says the Bombers have always thought Willy had a lot of potential and view his acquisition as an upgrade at quarterback.