January 31, 2024

TRANSACTIONS | Elks sign running back Ja’Won Howell, release DL Olivier Charles-Pierre

Ja'won Howell vs. Tuskegee (2023) | Photo Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Elks have signed American running back Ja’Won Howell, the club announced Wednesday.

Howell played two seasons at Alabama State University (2022-23), where he rushed for 680 yards on 173 carries, while adding six touchdowns in 22 games. Prior to joining the Hornets, the six-foot-one running back played at the University of North Alabama, totalling 70 carries for 284 yards and one touchdown in 26 games over four seasons (2018-21). 

Additionally, the Elks have released National defensive lineman Olivier Charles-Pierre. Charles-Pierre appeared in the final three games for the Elks last season, recording three defensive tackles. The Quebec native signed with Edmonton in September of 2023.

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.




  • Olivier Charles-Pierre | NAT | DL | 6’2 | 350 LBS | 1996-04-22 | Lvala, QC | Houston


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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