TRANSACTIONS | Edmonton signs Mencer and Rose-Watson

Former Albany star joins Elks after two seasons with Argos

Mencer in action for the Great Danes in 2019 | ​ Photo Courtesy: Albany Athletics
Mencer in action for the Great Danes in 2019 | ​ Photo Courtesy: Albany Athletics

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks have signed American Eli Mencer (DL) and Canadian Elijah Watson (OL), the club announced Thursday. ​

Mencer spent 2021 and 2022 with the Toronto Argonauts, appearing in six games each season. He has recorded 17 special teams tackles and one interception in his 12 career CFL games.

The Altoona, Penn., product played 45 games over four seasons of NCAA Division 1 football at the University of Albany, totalling 106 solo tackles, 21.5 sacks, two interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, and eight fumble recoveries. As a senior defensive end in 2019, he was named AP Second Team All-American and First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association.

A native of Toronto, Watson played U Sports football for the Carleton Ravens. In 2017 he recorded career highs with three solo tackles, two tackle assists, one forced fumble, and one pass breakup.

The Elks 2023 season kicks off on June 11 when the Green and Gold take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium.



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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