TRANSACTIONS | Edmonton inks Womack, Opara

American linemen latest players to join Green and Gold

EDMONTON – Chris Jones' work to build the 2022 Edmonton Elks continued Friday, as the club announced the signing of Americans Matt Womack (OL) and Kingsley Opara (DL).

Used primarily at right tackle during his time at the University of Alabama, Womack played 41 career games for the Crimson Tide under head coach Nick Saban.

In four seasons at Alabama, Womack made 15 starts and won two Southeastern Conference championships (2016, 2018), along with the 2017 national championship.

The Hernando, Mississippi native began his career with the Tide as a redshirt in 2015, and joins the Elks ready to make his pro debut after a broken foot limited his playing time during his final two seasons with the Tide (2018 and 2019).

On the defensive side of the ball, Opara joins the Elks on the d-line after most recently spending time on the Montreal Alouettes' roster. The Jacksonville, Florida product was signed by the Als in 2020, before being released prior to training camp last season.

Opara has one game of CFL experience to his name, suiting up Week 18 of the 2019 season for the Toronto Argonauts. Prior to his time in the CFL, Opara attended training camp with the Houston Texans in 2018, and was a late cut prior to the start of the NFL season. Collegiately he played at the University of Maryland, appearing in 36 combined games from 2015 to 2017. While at Maryland, Opara registered 83 total tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss during his breakout junior season in 2016.




  • Kingsley Opara | AMER | DL | 6'3 | 294 LBS | 1994-10-13 (27) | Jacksonville, FL | Maryland
  • Matt Womack | AMER | OL | 6'7 | 325 LBS | 1996-12-01 (25) | Hernando, MS | Alabama
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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