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Tiger-Cats’ Kai Locksley Contemplating UFL Opportunities

Kai Locksley has faced many challenges during his first two seasons in the CFL. Locksley started his CFL career with the Edmonton Elks in 2022 and waited for his opportunity to prove that he could be a playmaker in the CFL. The Elks gave Locksley limited opportunities to prove himself, with only five completed passes on eight attempts and 50 passing yards, 55 runs for 122 yards, and seven touchdowns in quarterback sneak situations. Locksley also played wide receiver for Edmonton and had 17 receptions for 247 yards.

During the 2023 season, Locksley’s career with the Elks ended when he came into a game against Toronto and fumbled on his only play of the game at quarterback. That play led to the Elks releasing Locksley and opened the door for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to sign the quarterback as a short-yardage specialist.

After signing with the Tiger-Cats during the first week of July, Locksley had the opportunity to come into the game in short-yardage situations for quarterback sneaks. Playing that role, Locksley had 26 rushing attempts for 31 yards and two touchdowns. Locksley is a pending free agent for the Tiger-Cats when the CFL free agency period starts in February. But Locksley is looking to explore other opportunities outside of the CFL.

On the social media platform X, Kai Locksley tweeted that he is considering looking for an opportunity with the DC Defenders of the new American spring football league, the UFL.

Locksley grew up in the Washington, DC, area while attending high school at the Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. The DC Defenders also could be looking for more options at the quarterback position and only selected one quarterback in the first UFL dispersal draft on January 5th. It would be interesting to see if Locksley could establish himself in the UFL after struggling to do so in the CFL.

Before signing with the Elks, Locksley had a short stint as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins as a wide receiver in 2021. The 6’4″, 210-pound Locksley finished his college football career at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where he established himself as a dual-threat quarterback. During his two seasons with the Miners, Locksley started 19 games, throwing for 2,266 yards, resulting in 9 touchdowns, and he ran for 875 yards with 11 rushing touchdowns.

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Aaron Sauter is a 23-veteran high school football coach that is also an fan of all levels of football. He is especially interested in alternative football leagues like the CFL, UFL, and IFL. Aaron enjoys analyzing innovative schemes on offense and defense during his free time.
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