January 22, 2024

TRANSACTION | Elks sign defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Elks have signed Robert Nkemdiche (DL), the club announced Monday. 

A veteran of five NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2016-18), Miami Dolphins (2019) and Seattle Seahawks (2021), Nkemdiche had 59 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a touchdown in 38 career games.

Nkemdiche was selected by the Cardinals in the first round (29th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft, following three seasons at Ole Miss (2013-15), where he had 41 defensive tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss and six sacks over his collegiate career.

The 29-year-old native of Atlanta, Ga., most recently signed with Michigan Panthers of the United States Football League (USFL) in 2023. He attended training camp with the San Francisco 49ers in 2022, playing in one preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, where he recorded two tackles. He was released by the 49ers on Aug. 16.

2024 marks the 75th season of pro football in Edmonton, as the Elks open a new CFL campaign on Saturday, June 8 against the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Commonwealth Stadium. Season tickets are available now, with all youth season tickets $75 (17 and under) and adult tickets starting at $175.




The Edmonton Elks are proud members of the Canadian Football League, playing their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

The club, officially renamed the Elks in June of 2021, has a tradition of excellence having won 14 Grey Cup championships (1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015). 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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