Edmonton Elks sign Canadian OL Mark Korte to three-year contract extension

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The Edmonton Elks have solidified the middle of their offensive line, signing centre Mark Korte to a three-year contract extension through 2026.

“Mark is the ultimate pro, ultimate leader and ultimate teammate,” said assistant general manager Geroy Simon in a statement. “He’s been a great addition to the club on the field and in the community. We are happy to keep him home for the next three years.”

The native of Spruce Grove, Alta. was originally a first-round pick of the Ottawa Redblacks in the 2018 CFL Draft out of the University of Alberta. He played 48 games with the team from 2018 to 2021, starting games at left tackle and centre.

The 27-year-old signed with the Elks as a free agent ahead of the 2022 season and has since played 30 games for his hometown team. He was the team’s nominee for Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman last year.

“We’ve been building something truly special here in Edmonton,” said Korte. “I’m excited to remain here and see this team take the next steps forward to our vision.”

The Elks (3-10) are scheduled to visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-6) on Friday, Sept. 15 with kickoff slated for 9:30 p.m. EDT.