Elks Extend Wilder
The Edmonton Elks announced Monday that running back James Wilder Jr. has inked a one-year extension with the Green and Gold.
A veteran of four CFL seasons, Wilder was scheduled to hit free agency next month after racking up 996 total yards and three touchdowns in 2021.
The Florida State product finished third in CFL rushing yards (770) last season and was named the Elks' most outstanding player.
Wilder, along with all Elks players, will enter training camp this May fully vaccinated. He recently received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and will receive his second dose in advance of training camp opening.
"I'm humbled and grateful to be back with the Green and Gold. I couldn't be happier with the new staff that has so graciously embraced me from our very first conversation. Their positive energy and enthusiasm for this game we all love is infectious and I can't wait to get back to work this season," said Wilder.
"I hope Edmonton is home for a long time and I'm committed to doing my part both on and off the field to help this organization win the Grey Cup. My commitment includes my decision to be vaccinated, which will help ensure the health of everyone on our team."
Prior to joining the Elks, Wilder played three seasons with the Toronto Argonauts (2017-19), and was the CFL's most outstanding rookie in 2017 after tallying 1,405 all-purpose yards.
James Wilder Jr. | AMER | RB | 6'3 | 232 LBS | 1992-04-14 (29) | Tampa, FL | Florida State
• Discuss this story on the Canadian Football League message board...
Canadian Football League Stories from January 24, 2022
- Tiger-Cats Re-Sign Americans Morton, Bingham and Butler - Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Alouettes Release Jamal Davis II to Pursue NFL Opportunities - Montreal Alouettes
- Michael Reilly Announces Retirement After 11 CFL Seasons - B.C. Lions
- Argonauts Extend DB Boateng & Sign WR Coxie - Toronto Argonauts
- Elks Extend Wilder - Edmonton Elks
- Nick Usher Remains an Alouette - Montreal Alouettes
- Roughriders Add Wide Receiver, Defensive Back - Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Zack Williams Re-Signs with Stampeders - Calgary Stampeders
- Blue Bombers Re-Sign Long-Snapper Mike Benson - Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.