Edmonton Elks sign dual-threat quarterback Khalil Tate

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The Edmonton Elks have signed American quarterback Khalil Tate, per source.

The six-foot, 216-pound native of Inglewood, Calif. attended the University of Arizona where he started one game as a true freshman in 2016. His best season came the follow year when he started seven games, passing for 1,591 yards, 14 touchdowns, and nine interceptions while rushing 153 times for 1,411 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Tate finished his tenure with the Wildcats with 6,318 passing yards, 57 touchdowns, 31 interceptions as well as 2,285 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns. He was credited with 32 starts and put together a 13-19 record.

The 23-year-old signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after going unselected in the 2020 NFL Draft with whom he was converted to receiver. He was cut in July 2020 but was brought back for the 2021 season on a reserve/futures contract. The Eagles released him again this past June and remained a free agent until Monday.

The Elks recently signed Kai Locksley, who was also a dual-threat quarterback in college.

The six-foot-four, 210-pound passer played at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and signed with the Miami Dolphins in March 2021. He was converted to wide receiver in training camp but was released as the club finalized its roster for the regular season.

Locksley appeared in 20 games over two seasons at UTEP (2018-19), completing 186-of-350 passes for 2,266 yards, nine touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He also rushed 237 times for 875 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Edmonton’s other quarterbacks who are under contract for the 2022 season include Nick Arbuckle and Taylor Cornelius.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.