Edmonton Elks sign former B.C. Lions’ defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy

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The Edmonton Elks have signed veteran defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy to a one-year contract for the 2023 season, per sources.

He was due to receive a $30,000 roster bonus on February 15, but B.C. released him on January 4 prior to the Lions paying.

The five-foot-eleven, 190-pound defender started all 18 games for B.C. this past season at a number of positions including strong-side linebacker, safety, and boundary halfback. He made 55 defensive tackles, nine special teams tackles, three interceptions and one sack on his way to being named a CFL all-star at safety.

Purifoy had NFL stints with the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks, earning over $325,000 USD while making seven tackles, forcing one fumble and deflecting one pass in 11 games during the 2014 season. He made his debut in the three-down league with the Lions in 2016, spending two seasons with B.C. dressing for 36 games while recording 100 tackles, five sacks, four interceptions and four forced fumbles.

The 30-year-old joined the Ottawa Redblacks as a free agent in February 2018 but he was released after playing seven games with the team. He joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders immediately thereafter and spent the next three years with the green and white, dressing for 40 games and making 119 tackles, two sacks, eight interceptions and one forced fumble.

Purifoy has now been reunited with Chris Jones, who served as the head coach and general manager in Saskatchewan during the 2018 season.

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