The Edmonton Elks have traded Canadian offensive lineman David Bears and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2023 CFL Draft in exchange for Canadian offensive lineman Jesse Gibbon and a second-round pick in the 2023 CFL Draft.
Beard has played 94 games over seven seasons in Edmonton (2015-22), including 10 starts this season at centre.
The six-foot-five, 320-pound native of Sherwood Park, Alta. was unanimously voted the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman in 2019 and was originally selected by Edmonton in the second round of the 2015 CFL Draft out of the University of Alberta.
Gibbon has suited up for all 11 games for the Ticats this season, his third in the CFL after being selected second overall in the 2019 CFL Draft. The six-foot-five, 300-pound Waterloo product has played a total of 42 regular season games in his CFL career and appeared in five postseason contests, including the 2019 and 2021 Grey Cups.
He started one game at right guard in 2021 and four games earlier this season, one at right guard and three at centre.
The Elks return to action on Monday, when Edmonton takes on the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium in the annual Labour Day Classic at 2:30 p.m. MDT.