Longest-serving Alouette OL Kristian Matte re-signs in Montreal

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The Montreal Alouettes have extended veteran Canadian offensive lineman Kristian Matte.

The 38-year-old guard will return for a 14th season in Montreal instead of testing the open market. He started all 18 regular-season games and three playoff contests for the team last season, helping them to hoist the Grey Cup for the first time in his career.

Only Anthony Calvillo and Scott Flory have played more seasons in an Alouettes uniform than Matte. He sits ninth in franchise history in terms of games played.

“There aren’t many players that are capable of playing 14 seasons of professional football. Matte is a guy everyone loves,” general manager Danny Maciocia said in a statement. “He played a crucial role in our last Grey Cup win. He is not afraid to get up and talk in the locker room when things are not going so well. He also sets the proper example on the field through his work ethic. We are lucky to have such a leader on our team.”

Matte was originally selected seventh overall in the first round of the 2010 CFL Draft by the Alouettes after an outstanding collegiate career at Concordia. He has since suited up in 185 career games, making 154 starts up front. The six-foot-four, 296-pound blocker was named an East Division all-star in 2019 and 2021.

The Alouettes will open their 2024 campaign on Thursday, June 6 when they travel to Winnipeg for a Grey Cup rematch with the Bombers.