TRANSACTION | Elks sign former NFL receiver Coates

Auburn product was third-round draft pick of Steelers

Coates Jr. with the Steelers \ Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Steelers
Coates Jr. with the Steelers \ Photo Courtesy: Pittsburgh Steelers

EDMONTON - The Elks added to their receiving arsenal on Wednesday, signing American Sammie Coates, Jr. (WR).

A veteran of four NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2015-16), Cleveland Browns (2017) and Houston Texans (2018), Coates made 29 catches for 528 yards with two touchdowns in 44 career games.

Coates was selected by the Steelers in the third round (87th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, following three seasons of NCAA Division 1 football at Auburn, where he made 82 receptions for 1,757 yards with 13 touchdowns over his collegiate career.

The 29-year-old native of Leroy, Alabama, most recently spent time on the Saskatchewan Roughriders roster. He played four games for the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks, totaling six receptions for 61 yards. ​ 



Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), 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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