TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign two players

Kicker Hutchins placed on Suspended List

Courtesy University of Central Florida
Courtesy University of Central Florida

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Elks announced the addition of two players Wednesday, signing Americans Nate Evans (LB) and Jachai Polite (DL) to the practice roster .

Evans played four seasons at Central Florida, where he was one of the top tacklers in the American Athletic Conference, totaling 247 tackles (137 solo) for his career. He added four sacks, 23 tackles for loss, 10 pass breakups, a forced fumble and three recoveries. Evans earned second-team All-AAC recognition as a senior and first-team as a junior, helping the Knights to a Bowl appearance after each of those seasons.

After going undrafted in 2020, Evans has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers.

Polite was released by the Toronto Argonauts on August 3 after suiting up for three games this season with the Argos, recording two tackles. The Florida native was selected 68th overall by the New York Jets in the 2019 NFL Draft but was waived by the Jets later that summer. Polite also spent time on the Seahawks practice squad in 2019 and played in 11 games for the Los Angeles Rams in 2020, registering four tackles and one sack.

Collegiately, Polite played three seasons (2016-18) at The University of Florida, totalling 78 tackles, 15 sacks, four pass break ups and became the fourth Gator in history with at least eight career forced fumbles.

The Elks also announced that Canadian kicker Greg Hutchins has been placed on the suspended list.



  • Jachai Polite | AMER | DL | 6’3 | 260 LBS | 1997-03-30 | Daytona Beach, FL | Florida
  • Nate Evans | AMER | LB | 6’1 | 241 LBS | 1998-02-27 | Waggaman, LA | Central Florida


  • Greg Hutchins | NAT | K | 6'4 | 210 LBS | 1997-02-04 | Bedford, NS | UB
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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