TRANSACTIONS | Elks ink four

Quarterback Case Cookus among newcomers to Edmonton

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Elks announced the signing of four players Wednesday, as the club continues a Week 12 bye. All four players will start their time on the team's suspended list for the purposes of COVID-19 quarantining.

Among the signees is quarterback Case Cookus, who joins the Elks after brief stints with four NFL clubs over the last two seasons, most recently with the Las Vegas Raiders in August of this year.

Between 2015 and 2019, Cookus appeared in 41 games at Northern Arizona University of the Big Sky Conference. While at NAU, Cookus amassed over 12,000 yards, including 4,095 during his senior season in 2019. ​

Also signing with the Elks were Herb Waters (DB - Miami), Emanuel McGirt (OL - North Carolina State), and Chris Nelson (DL - Texas).

Waters signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in December 2020, but was released prior to the team's 2021 season. The defensive back has history with Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo, as the pair were part of the 2020 Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL. Waters spent parts of three seasons with the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers (2016-18).

On the line, McGirt spent five seasons at NC State (2015-19) on offence, while d-lineman Nelson spent five years at Texas (2014-18) before stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans in 2019.



  • Case Cookus | AMER | QB | 6'4 | 205 LBS | 1995-10-06 | Thousand Oaks, CA | Northern Arizona
  • Emanuel McGirt | AMER | OL | 6'6 | 305 LBS | Durham, NC | NC State
  • Chris Nelson | AMER | DL | 6'1 | 315 LBS | 1995-01-23 | Lakeland, FL | Texas
  • Herb Waters | AMER | DB | 6'2 | 194 LBS | 1992-11-10 | Florida City, FL | Miami
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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