The Edmonton Alex brought back some familiar faces on Friday when they snatched attacking lineman Tony Washington and returning Montreal’s Martís Jackson in exchange for defensive lineman Mike Moore.
Washington will make his second trip to Edmonton after arriving for the first time in the 2014 CFL season. He helped the Edmonton football team to the Gray Cup championship in 2015 and was with the team until the first part of the 2017 season. Washington said he is looking forward to returning to Edmonton.
“We left a lot of things on the table and I was enjoying my time in Edmonton,” Washington said. Edmonton is still one of my favorite places.
“The best football experience I had was with coach (Chris) Jones in Edmonton.”
What Washington will bring to his team, Jones said, is experience and toughness.
“You get recognized for how strong your offensive and defensive lines are, and Tony has been a physical player since 2011 when he entered the league,” Jones said. “This is the kind of thing we need.”
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Washington also played for the Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts, winning the Gray Cup in 2012. The 35-year-old was also a good fit for the Hamilton Tiger Cats and was part of the trade that sent Johnny Manzel to the Montreal Alouettes in 2018.
Jackson played for Edmonton for parts of the 2018 and 2019 season. He played for the Toronto Argonauts, and last season he played for the Montreal Alouette.
Jackson has an average of 10.8 yards when gambling returns and has scored two goals. He averages 19.9 yards on kickback return and returns one missed field goal for touchdown.
Jones said that Jackson – like Washington – brings some much-needed expertise to the roster.
“You have to have someone who has done this before in the CFL with all the different playing surfaces — the wind and the things you have to take into account,” Jones said. “Martizi definitely did that and he has been a thorn in our team in the last few years that he has played against.
“He is a guy who can do both kick-off and gamble back. With the league turning more and more into a kick-off game, field position is critical.”
Washington signed a one-year contract extension for the 2022 season while Jackson was already under contract.
The Elks also signed the 2020 CFL seventh-round draft pick for Nicolas Summach on Friday.
Somash has spent the past five seasons with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies where he was part of the 2018 and 2021 Hardy Cup winning teams.
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