TRANSACTION | Elks acquire Arbuckle from Argos

Quarterback headed back to CFL's West Division

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Elks have added to their quarterback stable, as the club announced Tuesday the acquisition of Nick Arbuckle from the Toronto Argonauts.

Edmonton receives the CFL pivot in exchange for a conditional third-round pick in the 2022 CFL Draft, along with the rights to Elks negotiation list player Chad Kelly (QB). If Arbuckle – who inked a one-year deal in Toronto in February – re-signs in Edmonton for the 2022 CFL season, the Argos pick becomes a second rounder.

Originally signed by the Calgary Stampeders out of Georgia State in 2017, Arbuckle has played in 43 career CFL regular season games, completing 287 of his 416 attempts, with 17 touchdowns and 11 picks.

The Oxnard, California product signed with the Argos earlier this year and appeared in seven games for the Boatmen, going 96-of-153 for 1,158 yards, with five TDs and six picks.

Prior to his CFL career, Arbuckle was a record-setting quarterback at Georgia State from 2014-15. During his senior season, Arbuckle set single-season school records for completions (307), touchdown passes (28), total offence (4,273) and total touchdowns scored (34).


  • WHO: Elks General Manager and VP of Football Operations Brock Sunderland
  • WHERE: The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium (field level)
    • Park in LOT B and enter through GATE 2
  • WHEN: Tuesday, October 26 | approx. 2:00 p.m. MT (following practice availability)




  • Conditional 2022 CFL Draft pick
    • Edmonton's third-round pick (second if Arbuckle re-signs in Edmonton)
  • Rights to negotiation list player Chad Kelly (QB | Buffalo, NY | Ole Miss)
Evan Daum

Evan Daum

VP, Marketing and Fan Engagement, Edmonton Elks Football Club

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The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta. 

The club has a tradition of excellence with 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015) and 52 members of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Since its founding, the club has been community-owned and remains focused on providing outstanding football memories for Edmonton and all of Northern Alberta.


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