TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign RB Irons and QB Holmes

Edmonton releases three players

Irons in game action for Hamilton - Photo Courtesy: Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Irons in game action for Hamilton - Photo Courtesy: Hamilton Tiger-Cats

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks announced Sunday the signing of Canadian running back Maleek Irons and American quarterback Ben Holmes. Edmonton also released Americans Jalen Collins (DB) from the active roster and D'Antne Demery (OL) and Jordan Scarlett (RB) from the practice roster.

Irons, 26, joins Edmonton on the active roster after being released on Tuesday by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, whom he helped to consecutive Grey Cup appearances in 2019 and 2021. He spent parts of three seasons in Hamilton (2019, 2021, 2022), appearing in 24 games, with 74 carries for 324 yards and one rushing touchdown and 18 receptions for 116 yards.

The Chilliwack, B.C., product, who was selected by Hamilton in the third round, 22nd overall of the 2019 CFL Draft, appeared in two games for the Ti-Cats this season, rushing once for three yards and returning one kickoff for 12 yards.

Holmes was placed on Edmonton's practice roster. The 27-year-old recently spent time in training camp with the Montreal Alouettes, following stints with the USFL's New Jersey Generals and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League.

Holmes played collegiately at Tarleton (NCAA Division 2) in 2018 and 2019, going 23-2 as a starting QB, the best mark in program history. He finished his career with the fifth-most passing yards (5,997), the most passing yards per game (262.3) and the second-most passing touchdowns (62) in Tarleton history, leading the Texans to back-to-back Lone Star Conference Championships and undefeated regular seasons in 2018-19.

Collins dressed for all six of Edmonton's games this season, recording 12 defensive tackles, and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. The former NFL player was acquired by Edmonton in a trade with the Toronto Argonauts on May 6.

Demery had been on the practice roster since signing with Edmonton on July 12. The offensive lineman previously spent time in Elks training camp before being released during the pre-season.

Scarlett did not appear in a game with the Elks. He had been on the practice roster since July 5, when he signed in Edmonton following his June 5 release by the Montreal Alouettes.

Additionally, Edmonton moved National defensive back Ethan Makonzo from the active roster to the practice roster. Makonzo has dressed for four games with the Elks this season, recording one special teams tackle.

After defeating the Alouettes 32-31 last week, the Elks return to practice Monday at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton hosts the two-time defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday.



  • Maleek Irons | NAT | RB | 6'0 | 230 LBS | 1996-06-29 | Calgary, AB | Ohio


  • Ben Holmes | AMER | QB | 6'0 | 200 LBS | 1994-10-15 | Orchard Park, NY | Tarleton


  • Ethan Makonzo | NAT | DB | 6'1 | 220 LBS | 1995-12-19 | Montreal, QC | Montreal


  • Jalen Collins | AMER | DB | 6'1 | 200 LBS | 1993-03-20 | Kansas City, MO | LSU
  • D'Antne Demery | AMER | OL | 6'5 | 320 LBS | 1997-09-05 | Brunswick, GA | Florida International
  • Jordan Scarlett | AMER | RB | 5'11 | 210 LBS | 1996-02-09 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Florida
Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), Edmonton Elks Football Club


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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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