No pain, no gain: Elks re-sign veteran defensive back Ed Gainey

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The Edmonton Elks have signed veteran defensive back Ed Gainey to a one-year contract extension.

The 32-year-old halfback was a prized free-agent addition by the Elks last offseason, reuniting him with head coach Chris Jones. He started all 18 games in the secondary, posting 47 tackles, an interception and two forced fumbles.

The five-foot-eleven, 193-pound cover man had spent the previous five seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was named a CFL all-star twice during his time with the club and posted a career year under then-Riders head coach Jones in 2017, making 49 total tackles and posting a league-leading 10 interceptions.

The 10-year CFL veteran broke into the league with the Montreal Alouettes in 2012 and played 21 games over two seasons with the team. He made 12 defensive tackles, 11 special teams tackles, and scored one touchdown with the Als prior to his release in June 2014.

Gainey signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats the following month and dressed for 22 games over two seasons, recording 56 defensive tackles, 14 special teams tackles, two interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Through 144 career CFL games, the Appalachian State product has amassed 356 defensive tackles, 36 special teams tackles, 24 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and four defensive touchdowns.