Edmonton Football Team signs former CFL Most Oustanding Rookie Wilder Jr.

Toronto Argonauts running back James Wilder Jr. (32) celebrates a touchdown against the Ottawa Redblacks during second half CFL football action in Ottawa on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Edmonton Football Team general manager and vice-president of football operations Brock Sunderland said this free agency would likely not be as aggressive as in years past considering the work he accomplished prior to Tuesday.

When CFL free agency opened at 10 a.m. MST, Sunderland still put himself to work and dipped into the market.

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The Edmonton Football Team signed American running back and former 2017 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie James Wilder Jr. to a one-year contract.

Wilder Jr. played three seasons for the Toronto Argonauts, helping them win a Grey Cup in 2017. In that season, Wilder Jr. rushed for 872 yards and scored five touchdowns.

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In 44 career CFL games, Wilder Jr. has recorded 2,027 rushing yards, a 5.6 yard rushing average and has scored eight touchdown. He’s also recorded 1.487 receiving yards while recording over 500 yards twice in 2017 and 2018 while scoring five touchdowns.

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Last off season, he signed with the Montreal Alouettes.

Other signings

The Edmonton Football Team also signed American linebacker Kevin Brown who spent the previous three seasons with the Ottawa Redblacks. Brown recorded 55 and 42 defensive tackles respectively in 2018 and 2019. He has 37 special teams tackles over 42 games played, along with three quarterback sacks and two interceptions.

The team also added quarterback Taylor Cornelius, who had to wait until his senior season at Oklahoma State University to be a starter in 2018. He recorded 3,978 passing yards and 32 touchdowns and 406 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Cornelius also played in the XFL with the Tampa Bay Vipers under new Edmonton Football Team head coach and offensive coordinator Jamie Elizondo. Cornelius completed 63 per cent of his passes for 858 yards and four touchdowns in five starts. He also added 114 rushing yards and scored three TDs.

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