January 11, 2016 4:30 pm

Alouettes sign offensive lineman Kristian Matte to three-year contract

Montreal Alouettes' Kristian Matte warms up prior to a CFL football game against the Toronto Argonauts in Montreal, Sunday, September 23, 2012.


MONTREAL – The Montreal Alouettes signed offensive lineman Kristian Matte to a three-year contract on Monday.

The six-foot-four 296-pound native of Saint-Hubert, Que., started all 18 games for the Alouettes last season and helped the offensive line allow a league-low 33 sacks.

Matte also created holes to help running back Tyrell Sutton lead the CFL with 1,059 rushing yards.

“Kristian has developed into the player we projected he would when we drafted him in 2010,” Alouettes general manager and head coach Jim Popp said in a release.

“He is a solid, versatile contributor on the field and a relentless promoter of Alouettes football in his hometown.”

“We have become a better organization by retaining Kristian for the next three years.”

The 30-year-old Matte was drafted with the seventh overall pick following an impressive university career with the Concordia Stingers.

He won a Grey Cup with the Alouettes in his rookie season.

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