Ottawa Redblacks release starting defensive back Ranthony Texada

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The Ottawa Redblacks have released American defensive back Ranthony Texada.

The five-foot-ten, 185-pound cover man started seven games for Ottawa this season, six at field-side halfback and one at boundary cornerback. He made 13 defensive tackles and one interception. He first joined the team’s practice roster in August 2021 before being promoted to the active roster in October, recording 11 defensive tackles over three starts at field-side cornerback.

The 27-year-old signed with the Washington Football Team as an undrafted free agent in 2018 but was released following the conclusion of training camp. He spent a month on Ottawa’s practice roster in 2019 before a stint with the New York Guardians of the XFL the following year.

The Redblacks brought back defensive back Brandin Dandridge on Tuesday following a stint with the Kansas City Chiefs, which may have been a factor in the decision to release Texada.

Ottawa (3-8) is scheduled to host the Toronto Argonauts (6-5) on Saturday, Sept. 10 with kickoff slated for 2:00 p.m. EDT.