February 6, 2024

Elks sign 2023 Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Javon Leake

Peter Power/CFL.ca

TORONTO — One of the most dynamic weapons in the CFL has found a new home.

2023’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player Javon Leake has signed with with the Edmonton Elks, the team announced on Tuesday, when Leake became a free agent.

“Javon is an elite talent as a returner and running back, he’s been on my radar and I’ve tracked him since 2020 when he left the University of Maryland, “said Elks assistant general manager Geroy Simon.

“He was our number one target heading into free agency and we couldn’t be more excited to have him join the Double E.”

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Leake was named the Most Outstanding Special Teams Player in 2023, earning his first CFL All-Star selection. The Maryland product suited up in 17 games for the Toronto Argonauts, where he led the league with 1,216 punt return yards — the third highest total in CFL history — and added a league leading four punt return touchdowns.

Leake began his CFL career with the Argos in 2022, appearing in eight regular season games and helping the Double Blue win the 109th Grey Cup in a 24 -23 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The electric returner was listed as No. 21 on CFL.ca’s top 30 pending free agents list.

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