January 23, 2024

TRANSACTION | Elks release DB Ed Gainey

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Elks have released defensive back Ed Gainey, the club announced Tuesday. 

The CFL veteran spent the last two seasons in Edmonton, where he recorded 79 total tackles, one sack, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in 30 games for the Double E.

A two-time CFL All-Star (2017, 2018), Gainey has also played for the Montreal Alouettes (2012, 13) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2014, 2015) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (2016 – 2021). Over 156 regular season games, the North Carolina native has 390 defensive tackles, 25 interceptions and eight forced fumbles.

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.



  • Ed Gainey | AMER | DB | 5’11 | 193 LBS | 1990-06-06 | Winston-Salem, NC | Appalachian State


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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