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European League of Football (ELF) Offseason Update: Five Players Signed & Inaugural Season Highlights

It’s officially 2022, and the ramp-up to the European League of Football‘s 2022 season continues. Relatively speaking, it has been a slow week in terms of news, but a handful of players have signed new contracts in the league. Additionally, the league shared a video recapping the 2021 season to ring in the new year.

Players Signed/Re-Signed

  • Barcelona Dragons – DB – Niko Lester
  • Stuttgart Surge – OL – Benhur Ayra
  • Düsseldorf Rhein Fire – OL – Nick Wiens
  • Düsseldorf Rhein Fire – RB – Jason Aguemon
  • Vienna Vikings – DB – Exavier Edwards

A few of the European League of Football’s teams added a couple more names to their rosters this week.

The Rhein Fire are brining in former Leipzig Kings running back Jason Aguemon. Aguemon ended the league’s inaugural season with 96 carries for 550 yards and 4 touchdowns for Leipzig, averaging 5.4 yards per carry and finishing 2021 as the league’s 5th ranked rusher. With the additions of former Cologne Centurions’ offensive lineman Nick Wiens and fullback Patrick Poetsch over the last few weeks, Jason Aguemon could be set up to have a breakout season in Düsseldorf.

The Vienna Vikings have locked up what should be one of their starting defensive backs in Exavier Edwards. The 28-year-old Los Angeles, California native played college ball at Midland University in Freemont, Nebraska, where he gained experience playing a handful of positions, including defensive back, running back, wide receiver, and kick returner. He’d make a name for himself as a kick returner, and in 10 games, he’d take 26 returns for 718 yards and 2 touchdowns, the longest being 97 yards. He’d be named to the 2017 All-GPAC 1st Team and the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska NAIA Team as a kick returner. He’d also find himself on the All-GPAC 2nd Team as a defensive back.

In Germany, Edwards has primarily played as a running back, but he’s excited to join the Vikings and hit the field in Vienna, stating,

“I want to play in the European League of Football because to me that’s the best football in all of Europe and the best competition which makes the game that much better and that much more exciting. I am blessed for the opportunity and I can’t wait to go work with the Vikings!”

Dragons fans will be happy to see that defensive back Niko Lester will be staying in Barcelona. The 30-year-old Kaiserslautern native made himself known as a playmaker in the European League of Football’s inaugural season, contributing as a running back, receiver, returner, and defensive back. Lester ended the 2021 season tied for 3rd in interceptions with 3, totaling 105 interception return yards and taking 1 back for a touchdown.

Happy New Year From The European League of Football

To bring in the new year, the European League of Football shared a video looking back at the league’s inaugural season.

The league commented on the video, stating,

“It has been a wild ride, but it was worth it and we are looking forward to the next season!”

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Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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