TRANSACTION | Elks extend Wilder

Edmonton's 2021 most outstanding player inks for 2022

Photo credit: Dale MacMillan / Edmonton Elks.
Photo credit: Dale MacMillan / Edmonton Elks.

EDMONTON – It’s still time to get Wilder in Edmonton.

The Edmonton Elks announced Monday that running back James Wilder Jr. has inked a one-year extension with the Green and Gold.

A veteran of four CFL seasons, Wilder was scheduled to hit free agency next month after racking up 996 total yards and three touchdowns in 2021.

The Florida State product finished third in CFL rushing yards (770) last season and was named the Elks’ most outstanding player.


  • WHO:
    • Chris Jones | Elks general manager and head coach
    • James Wilder Jr. | RB
  • WHERE: Zoom (click here)
  • WHEN: Monday, January 24 | 1:30 p.m. MT

Wilder, along with all Elks players, will enter training camp this May fully vaccinated. He recently received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and will receive his second dose in advance of training camp opening.

"I'm humbled and grateful to be back with the Green and Gold. I couldn’t be happier with the new staff that has so graciously embraced me from our very first conversation. Their positive energy and enthusiasm for this game we all love is infectious and I can't wait to get back to work this season," said Wilder.

"I hope Edmonton is home for a long time and I’m committed to doing my part both on and off the field to help this organization win the Grey Cup. My commitment includes my decision to be vaccinated, which will help ensure the health of everyone on our team."

Prior to joining the Elks, Wilder played three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts (2017-19), and was the CFL’s most outstanding rookie in 2017 after tallying 1,405 all-purpose yards.


Evan Daum

Evan Daum

VP, Marketing and Fan Engagement, Edmonton Elks Football Club

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About The Edmonton Elks Football Club

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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