TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign three players

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks announced Monday the signings of National Greg Hutchins (K) and Americans Trayone Gray (RB) and Denzel Washington (DB).

Bonner was released by the B.C. Lions on Sept. 21 after suiting up for 10 games this season with the Lions, recording five tackles and two sacks. The Alabama native appeared in 13 games for B.C. in 2021, where he registered 22 tackles, five sacks and one forced fumble.

Collegiately, Bonner spent a season with East Mississippi before moving on to play his final three seasons of eligibility with Florida Atlantic Owls (2017-19), a mid-major Division I program. He played in 38 games for the Owls, finishing his career with 58 tackles, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He also starred in the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U.

Jackson played four seasons at Florida State (2016-19), where he racked up 154 tackles, 2.5 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 36 games for the Seminoles. A four-star powerful inside linebacker prospect, Jackson was one of the top inside linebacker prospects in the nation and rated as a consensus Top 5 recruit at the position.

Wright spent five seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide (2017-21), earning two College Football Playoff National Championships (2017 and 2020) and three Southeastern Conference titles (2018, 2020, 2021). The Florida native recorded 115 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and 10 pass knockdowns in 58 games for the Tide.

In addition, the Elks released Stefan Claiborne (DB), Nathaniel Evans (LB), and Ethan Makonzo (DB).

The Elks return to action on Saturday, Oct. 1, when they take on the Montreal Alouettes at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. MDT.



  • Tim Bonner | AMER | DL | 6'5 | 250 LBS | 1995-12-07 | Demopolis, AL | Florida Atlantic
  • Dontavious Jackson | AMER | LB | 6’3 | 229 LBS | 1997-12-02 | Houston, TX | Florida State
  • Daniel Wright | AMER | DB | 6'1 | 195 LBS | ​ | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Alabama


  • Stefan Claiborne | AMER | DB | 6'2 | 205 LBS | 1997-10-29 | Clinton Township, MI | Western Michigan
  • Nathaniel Evans | AMER | LB | 6'1 | 241 LBS | 1998-02-27 | Waggaman, LA | Central Florida
  • Ethan Makonzo | NAT | DB | 6'1 | 220 LBS | 1995-12-19 | Montreal, QC | Montreal
Hernan Salas

Hernan Salas

Coordinator, Communications (Media Relations), 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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