May 16, 2024

TRANSACTIONS | Elks ink Eyabi Okie-Anoma (DL) and Tairiq Stewart (OL)

Tairiq Stewart with North Carolina A&T | North Carolina A&T Athletics | Eyabi Okie-Anoma with the Charlotte 49ers | Charlotte Athletics

EDMONTON —The Edmonton Elks have signed Americans Eyabi Okie-Anoma (DL) and Tairiq Stewart (OL), the club announced Thursday.

Okie-Anoma appeared in 10 games for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as a graduate student in 2023. The six-foot-five lineman earned All-American Athletic Conference Second Team honours after leading the team in tackles-for-loss (11) and sacks (5.5), while serving as a team captain. Prior to joining Charlotte, the Baltimore native played for the Michigan Wolverines (2022), UT Martin (2021), and the Alabama Crimson Tide (2018-19). Okie-Anoma redshirted for the University of Houston in 2020 but was unable to play due to NCAA transfer rules.

Stewart played at North Carolina A&T (2021-23), where he suited up in 29 career games for the Aggies. The Cleveland, OH., native was named All-CAA Second Team in 2023 and All-Big South First Team in 2022. Stewart previously played at West Virginia University (2020) and ASA Brooklyn College (2018-19). 

The six-foot-six lineman most recently attended New England Patriots rookie minicamp and participated in the 2024 HBCU Legacy Bowl in February.

In addition, the Elks activated American Kyle Cass (DB) from the suspended list and released Patrick Davis (OL), Aaron Adeoye (DL), and Malik Jones (DB).

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.




  • Aaron Adeoye | AMER | DL | 6’6 | 273 LBS | 1993-08-26 | Marion, IL | Southeast Missouri State
  • Patrick Davis | NAT | OL | 6’5 | 312 LBS | 1996-01-22 | Gatineau, QC | Syracuse
  • Malik Jones | AMER | DB | 6’1 | 185 LBS | 2001-01-24 | Crystal Springs, MS | Delta State



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

2024 marks 75 seasons of Green and Gold football, as the Club celebrates it’s tradition of excellence (Grey Cup championships: 1954-56, 1975, 1978-82, 1987, 1993, 2003, 2005, 2015), while looking to the future. Edmonton kicks off the 2024 CFL season at home on Saturday, June 8.

Elks Football…Our Team. Our City.