DWalk deal done: Edmonton Elks re-sign receiver Derel Walker

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The Edmonton Elks have signed receiver Derel Walker to a one-year contract extension for the 2022 season, per sources.

The 30-year-old Walker made 44 receptions for 531 yards with zero touchdowns last year with the green and gold — earning $180,000 prorated in 2021. Through 75 games in the CFL, Walker has 406 catches for 5,779 yards and 32 touchdowns while averaging 14.2 yards per catch.

Walker made 65 catches for 1,040 yards — 16 yards per reception — and six touchdowns during the 2019 season with the Toronto Argonauts in 15 games while collecting $280,000. He was named an East Division all-star for being a consistent go-to target for quarterbacks McLeod Bethel-Thompson and James Franklin that year.

During 2018, Walker hurt his left leg in the second quarter of Edmonton’s Labour Day Classic loss to Calgary when it bent awkwardly during a tackle. He didn’t play again the rest of that season, but still recorded 51 grabs for 875 yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games. Those totals were enough for Walker to earn West Division all-star status.

The two-time CFL all-star and 2015 Grey Cup champion signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January 2017. He made one reception for 15 yards in four pre-season games and Walker was released by the Bucs among the final cuts after training camp, which made him a free agent. Walker signed with Edmonton midway through 2017, posting 48 catches for 634 yards and two touchdowns in eight games while scoring a rushing touchdown.

One year earlier, Walker finished second in CFL receiving yards during the 2016 season with 1,589 and added a team-leading 10 touchdowns on 109 catches in 17 games. He had 1,110 yards and six touchdowns on 89 catches in just 12 games and was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 2015.

The six-foot-two, 188-pound pass catcher had a strong senior season at Texas A&M University with Johnny Manziel throwing him passes. Walker snagged 51 balls for 818 yards and five touchdowns. He went unselected in the 2014 NFL draft, but signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans.

After failing to record a catch in four pre-season games, Walker was released by the Titans and made his way to Canada.