Ottawa extends Canadians Mark Korte, Anthony Coombs

Photo courtesy: Scott Grant/

The Ottawa Redblacks are getting some work done Friday and extending a couple of key Canadians.

According to a report from Ottawa Sun reporter Tim Baines, the team has reached new pacts with both offensive lineman Mark Korte and versatile running back/receiver hybrid Anthony Coombs.

Korte was the team’s fourth overall selection in the 2018 CFL Draft out of the the University of Alberta. The 2017 U Sports All-Canadian has dressed for 34 games over two seasons with the Redblacks and has proven a capable starter at both tackle and guard.

Coombs originally signed with the team on the opening day of free agency in 2020 after spending 2019 with the Hamilton Tigers-Cats.

Coombs played in 16 games in Steel Town last year where he ran the ball 37 times for 158 yards. The Winnipeg native added another 20 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

The former Manitoba Bison was coming off a season that only saw him play two games due to injury in 2018 as a member of the Toronto Argonauts.

Prior to that injury riddled season, the former third overall selection in the 2014 CFL Draft was an effective part of the Argos offence, mostly as a receiver with 457 yards in 2017, 297 yards in 2016, 486 yards in 2015 and 214 yards in 2014.