TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign trio of players

Edmonton releases American lineman Lowery

EDMONTON — The Elks have added three more players to the active roster, as the club announced the signings of Fulani Freeman (DL), Devin Heckstall (WR), and Nate Brisson-Fast (DL) on Monday.

Freeman spent two seasons at West Chester University (2019-2021). He played in 16 games with the Golden Rams, recording 20 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, one pass deflection and one fumble return. Prior to his stint at West Chester, the Philadelphia, Penn. native played at Valley Forge Military Academy.

Heckstall comes to Edmonton after playing with UVA Wise in 2021. In 11 games, the Baltimore native finished with 42 receptions for 751 yards and six touchdowns. Before joining the Cavaliers, Heckstall spent the 2018 season with Utah State University, ​ finishing with four receptions for 15 yards in 10 games.

Nate Brisson-Fast spent four seasons at Central Michigan (2015-18). Appearing in 46 games throughout his college career, Brisson-Fast racked up 82 total tackles, nine sacks, four pass deflections and three forced fumbles. In 2018, the Ferndale, Michigan native was named to All-Mid-American Conference Third Team defense as a lineman and earned the team’s Iron Chippewa Award.

In addition to the new signings, the Elks also announced the release of American ​ Damien Lowery (DL).

The Elks open the pre-season on Friday, May 27 when the Green and Gold travel to Winnipeg to face the Blue Bombers. Their 2022 CFL regular season kicks off with a visit to the B.C. Lions on Saturday, June 11. 



  • Fulani Freeman | AMER | DL | 6’5 | 210 LBS | 1993-11-27 |Philadelphia, PA | West Chester University 
  • Devin Heckstall | AMER | WR | 6'6 | 190 LBS | 1997-03-26 | Baltimore, MD | UVA Wise
  • Nate Brisson-Fast | AMER | DL | 6'5 | 270 LBS | 1996-06-10 | Ferndale, MI | Central Michigan


  • Damien Lowery | AMER | DL | 6’1 | 269 LBS | 2001-06-28 (20) | Sanford, FL | Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 
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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