Veteran CFL DB Raheem Wilson signs with ELF’s Stuttgart Surge

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Former CFL defensive back Raheem Wilson has signed with the Stuttgart Surge of the European League of Football.

The 30-year-old defender was released by the Montreal Alouettes in April after battling injury in 2023. He saw action in just four games following an offseason knee surgery, recording three defensive tackles and another on special teams as a member of the Grey Cup champions.

Wilson arrived in Montreal partway through the 2022 season after being released by the Calgary Stampeders, notching 20 defensive tackles, two tackles for losses and two interceptions over the final seven games. In four CFL seasons with the Alouettes and Stamps, the Southeastern Oklahoma State product has amassed 130 defensive tackles, three special teams tackles, three interceptions, and a forced fumble in 49 games.

The native of DeSoto, Tex. returns to Germany after beginning his professional career with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns in 2017, winning back-to-back German Bowl titles with the team. In 25 games over two GFL seasons, he racked up 64 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, a sack, three forced fumbles, 27 pass deflections, and 13 interceptions, including four returned for touchdowns. He also blocked three kicks and amassed 519 kick return yards, along with another major.

The Surge went 10-2 last season and lost in the ELF Championship game. They are coached by former Unicorns’ head coach Jordan Neuman. Other CFL alumni on the roster include former Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive tackle Chris Mulumba, former Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker/fullback Chris Ezeala, and former Toronto Argonauts defensive end Simeon Okonta-Wariso.

J.C. Abbott is a University of British Columbia graduate and high school football coach. He covers the CFL, B.C. Lions, CFL Draft and the three-down league's Global initiative.