Edmonton Elks bring back all-star Canadian offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell

The Edmonton Elks have signed Canadian offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell.

The six-foot-nine, 350-pound blocker originally signed with Edmonton in September 2012 and has remained with the club since, outside of a second brief stint with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. He became a full-time starter in his second year with the team and has dressed for 116 career games.

The two-time West Division all-star (2017, 2019) and one-time league all-star (2019) is capable of starting at both guard and tackle, providing Edmonton with ratio flexibility. The team allowed just 25 sacks last season, by far the fewest in the CFL.

The 32-year-old was set to make approximately $235,000 in 2020, which would have made him the second highest-paid offensive lineman in the CFL. He has been a free agent since February.

O’Donnell was named the CFL’s No. 50-ranked player by 3DownNation in November 2020.

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