TRANSACTION | Onyeka retires

LB inked with Edmonton on opening day of CFL free agency

EDMONTON — Nakas Onyeka (LB) has retired from the CFL after four seasons.

The news was formally announced Friday, as Onyeka caps his CFL career with 40 regular season games.

A product of Wilfrid Laurier University, Onyeka inked with the Elks last month on the opening day of free agency. The Brampton, Ontario product ends his career with 16 defensive tackles, 31 special teams tackles, and two sacks.

Selected by the Toronto Argonauts in the fifth round (36th overall) of the 2017 CFL Draft, Onyeka opened his CFL career spending three seasons in Toronto, and was part of the Argos' 2017 Grey Cup win.

Collegiately, Onyeka spent four years at Wilfred Laurier University recording 194 tackles, nine sacks, nine pass deflections, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception in 38 games. In 2016, the Brampton native was part of Laurier's Yates Cup championship team and was named a First Team All-Canadian, OUA’s Men’s First Team All-Star, and won the OUA’s Presidents Award as the conference's top defender.



Evan Daum

Evan Daum

VP, Marketing and Fan Engagement, Edmonton Elks Football Club

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