Official: Edmonton signs coveted receiver Derel Walker

Photo courtesy: Bob Butrym

The Edmonton Football Team has signed American receiver and four-time all-star Derel Walker.

Walker is back for his third stint with the EE Football team. In 2019, Walker left the Alberta Capital to sign with the Toronto Argonauts. He finished the season as an East Division all-star.

He began his CFL career with the team in 2015, starting the season on the practice roster. Walker made his debut in Week 8 versus the Montreal Alouettes and recorded 10 receptions for 125 yards.

The Texas A&M University product played in 12 games that season, recording 89 receptions — an Edmonton rookie record — for 1,110 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. He capped the season off by capturing the 103rd Grey Cup while earning the league’s Most Outstanding Rookie award, and a CFL all-star selection.

Walker built upon his rookie success in his second season. He led the league in both receptions (109) and receiving yards (1,589), adding 10 touchdowns. He was named both a West Division and CFL all-star for the second consecutive year.

Walker’s performance garnered NFL interest in the off-season, as he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was released at the end of training camps and returned to the EE Football Team for the remainder of the 2017 season. In abbreviated action, Walker finished the season with eight games played, 48 receptions, 634 yards, and two touchdowns.

In 2018, Walker would start 11 games before an injury in the Labour Day Classic against the Calgary Stampeders sidelined him for the remainder of the season. He finished the year with 51 receptions, 875 yards, and 8 touchdowns. Despite only playing in 11 games, he was named a West Division all-star for the third time in his career.