Edmonton Elks sign Canadian running back Maleek Irons, release three

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The Edmonton Elks have signed Canadian running back Maleek Irons and American quarterback Ben Holmes.

The six-foot, 230-pound native of Chilliwack, B.C. was originally selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the third round of the 2019 CFL Draft. He played 24 games over three seasons in Hamilton and recorded 74 carries for 324 yards and one rushing touchdown while adding 18 receptions for 116 yards.

The 26-year-old played four seasons at Ohio University, rushing for 1,447 yards and 16 touchdowns over 28 games with the Bobcats.

Holmes will be on Edmonton’s practice roster. The 27-year-old recently spent time in training camp with the Montreal Alouettes after stints with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League.

He played collegiately at Tarleton State (2018-19) where he went 23-2 as a starter. He finished his career with the fifth-most passing yards (5,997) and second-most passing touchdowns (62) in school history, leading the Texans to back-to-back Lone Star Conference Championships.

Edmonton also released American defensive back Jalen Collins, American offensive lineman D’Antne Demery and American running back Jordan Scarlett from the practice roster.

Collins started all six of Edmonton’s games at cornerback this season and made 12 defensive tackles, one forced fumble, and one touchdown. He was acquired by the Elks alongside offensive tackle Martez Ivey via trade from the Toroto Argonauts in June in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2023 CFL Draft.

The 29-year-old started five regular season games for the Argos in 2021 and recorded 12 defensive tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble. He also started the East Final against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and made three tackles.

Demery spent two weeks on the practice roster, while Scarlett was on the practice roster for three weeks following a stint with the Montreal Alouettes.