Edmonton Elks agree to terms with former NFL receiver Sammie Coates

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The Edmonton Elks have agreed to terms with former NFL receiver Sammie Coates, per sources.

The six-foot-one, 215-pound target signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders ahead of the 2021 season but never reported to the team, spending two years on the club’s suspended list.

The 29-year-old was a selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He caught 29 passes for 528 yards and two touchdowns over 44 career games as a member of the Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and Houston Texans. Coates was also a member of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019 and the XFL’s Houston Roughnecks in 2020.

The native of Leroy, Ala. impressed scouts at the 2015 NFL Combine with a 4.43 laser-timed 40-yard dash, 41-inch vertical, 131-inch broad jump, and 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Coates played 37 games for Auburn University and made 82 career receptions for 1,757 yards and 13 touchdowns.

It should be noted that Coates has merely agreed to terms with Edmonton as the contract has not yet been signed.

The Elks have added a number of receivers through free agency, also signing Eugene Lewis and Kyran Moore. Steven Dunbar Jr. has reportedly agreed to terms with the team as well, though the club has not made an announcement.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.