Elks trade defensive lineman Mike Moore to Als for offensive lineman Tony Washington

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The Alouettes and Elks have finalized a trade that sent defensive tackle Mike Moore to Montreal in exchange for left tackle Tony Washington and returner Martese Jackson, per sources.

Moore has appeared in 48 career games recording 69 tackles and 17 sacks with one forced fumble as a member of the Ottawa Redblacks (2016) and EE Football Team (2017-2021). The 28-year-old recorded 19 tackles and two sacks over 11 games this past season after posting a career-high 23 tackles and nine sacks in 2019 and earning West Division all-star honours.

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Washington is a 12-year CFL veteran who has dressed for 129 career games with Calgary (2011), Toronto (2012-2013), Edmonton (2014-2016), Hamilton (2017-2018), and Montreal (2018-2021). He originally joined the Als as part of the Johnny Manziel trade that sent the former Heisman Trophy winner to La Belle Province.

The 35-year-old won a Grey Cup in Edmonton under Chris Jones, who recently returned to the green and gold as their head coach and general manager. Washington also won a CFL championship with Jones while the two were members of the Argos in 2012. The six-foot-seven, 318-pound offensive lineman started 11 games for the Als at left tackle in 2021 plus the East Semi-Final against the Ticats.

Jackson also has previous ties to Edmonton after spending the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Double E. Primarily a returner, the Florida Atlantic University product has 42 career CFL regular season games to his name. It’s the second time Edmonton has acquired Jackson via trade, after the Argos dealt Jackson to the Green and Gold in September of 2018.

The Asheville, North Carolina native has 1,908 career punt return yards, along with 2,569 kickoff return yards. His best season came as a rookie with the double blue in 2017 when he ran two punts back for touchdowns. In 2021, Jackson appeared in three regular season games for the Als, recording 132 yards on 16 returns.

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