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Report: Elks Eye Signing Veteran QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson Amid CFL Team Interest

3 Key Points

  • Edmonton Elks negotiating with McLeod Bethel-Thompson
  • Bethel-Thompson brings seasoned leadership, potential mentor for Tre Ford
  • Prior successful CFL stint includes leading in passing yards, Grey Cup win

Edmonton Elks in Pursuit of Quarterback Talent

The Edmonton Elks are pursuing veteran quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, as confirmed by sources from 3DownNation. The team is looking for an experienced starter, and Bethel-Thompson’s history in the CFL makes him a prime candidate. With multiple teams reportedly interested, Edmonton’s coaching staff connections could play a pivotal role in negotiations.

Experience to Complement Youth

Despite having promising quarterback Tre Ford on their roster, the Elks are seeking the guidance of an experienced player to lead the team. Football pundits acknowledge that an athlete like Bethel-Thompson could offer valuable insights and mentorship to Ford, who possesses considerable potential due to his dual-threat capabilities.

McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s Proficient Track Record

Bethel-Thompson’s performance in the 2022 CFL season was notable, leading the league in passing yards and contribution to the Toronto Argonauts’ Grey Cup victory. Despite a notable injury during the final game, his statistical achievements include a 66.8 percent completion rate, 4,731 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions.

Transition from the USFL Back to the CFL

A brief stint in the United States Football League saw Bethel-Thompson leading in passing yards with the New Orleans Breakers. Although his team didn’t clinch the title, his remarkable yardage and passing precision were on full display. Nevertheless, his goal remained an NFL position that ultimately did not materialize, making a return to the CFL viable.

Financial Considerations and Previous Earnings

In terms of contracts, Bethel-Thompson earned $400,000 CAD in the 2022 season with the Argonauts. His professional journey also includes various NFL team engagements, though without regular-season appearances, still amassing considerable earnings during his tenure in American football.

Edmonton’s Urgent Need for Wins

With a recent performance record of 8-28 since Chris Jones’ return, the pressure is mounting for the Elks. In the face of their 75th-anniversary season, the team’s heightened need for an upswing is clear. A seasoned quarterback could make a transformative impact on their upcoming season, setting the stage for their opener against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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