The Eskimos also announced the release of WR Rob LeBlanc, DT Randy Spencer and DT Jermaine Lee.
A graduate of McGill, LeBlanc spent two seasons with the Eskimos after being drafted by the club as their third selection (5th round, 40th overall) in the 2005 CFL Canadian Draft. In 2005 he played in four regular season games and the Grey Cup. Last season, he saw action in 17 games, mostly on special teams.
Spencer was Edmonton's first round selection (8th overall) in the 2003 CFL Canadian Draft after spending four seasons at Weber State. He played four season for the Eskimos and enjoyed his best season in 2004 when he led the Eskimos in sacks with six. Last season he played in 10 games, recording six defensive tackles and one tackle for a loss.
Lee joined the Eskimos last June when he was selected in the 2006 CFL Supplemental Draft. The University of Albany product spent most of the season on the practice roster and appeared in one regular season game.
Frank announces retirement; Esks release trio
(Edmonton) Edmonton Eskimo veteran defensive back Malcolm Frank announced his retirement today. The “ageless? Frank played 10 CFL seasons, the last eight with the Esks, where he earned the respect of teammates and opponents alike as a quiet leader and fearless competitor.
Eskimo Head Coach and Director of Football Operations Danny Maciocia says, “Malcolm let his play do the talking and he went about his job with little fanfare, but I can’t think of another player during my time in Edmonton who brought such a high level of integrity and commitment to his job every season.?
Last season Frank started all 18 games and led the Eskimo defense in tackles with 68. He also had two tackles for losses and three pass knockdowns. A three year starter at Baylor, Frank began his professional career with the Seattle Seahawks in 1992, appearing in 15 games. He moved on to Orlando of the short-lived World League of American Football and recorded 53 defensive tackles and three interceptions in ten games. Frank then joined the CFL, playing for Sacramento in 1994, San Antonio in 1995 and Edmonton from 1996 to1998. He returned from retirement in 2002 and enjoyed a resurgence as Edmonton’s defensive backfield anchor