CFL: Edmonton Elks extend French Global LB Maxime Rouyer

Rouyer has spent the last two seasons with the Elks, appearing in 17 games in 2019, before playing in only one game in 2021. The native of Troyes, France product was limited this past season due to a toe injury that kept him sidelined throughout most of the season. His only appearance came in Week 10 when he suited up against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and recorded one special teams’ tackle.

The 6’1″, 225-pound defender recorded three special teams tackles during his rookie season back in 2019. The 27-year-old was acquired by Edmonton through the fourth overall pick in the 2019 CFL European Draft.

Rouyer had previous experience playing in Canada as a member of the McGill University Redmen from 2015-2018. During his four seasons in Montreal, Rouyer made 23 appearances, 103 tackles, and four and a half sacks for the Redmen. The future pro started playing football at the age of 16 with Pygargues de Troyes in northeastern France.

Rouyer joins the Mexican receiver Diego Viamontes as two of Elk’s global players from last season have signed to stay in Edmonton for the 2022 season.

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