Defensive back Treston Decoud says he has been released by the Edmonton Elks

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Defensive back Treston Decoud will not return to the Edmonton Elks next season after announcing his own release via Twitter on Thursday morning.

“I am officially a free agent!!!! Edmonton has (released) me early! Just wanna thank the Organization and the coaches for the opportunity.”

Decoud was originally slated to become a free agent on February 14. He is the second Elks player to announce his departure from the team via social media after veteran left tackle Tony Washington posted a similar statement, though the team has not officially confirmed the release of either player.

The 29-year-old was signed by Edmonton after being cut by the Toronto Argonauts in training camp, joining his former defensive coordinator Chris Jones. He played all 18 games for the green and gold in 2022, recording 41 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

A former fifth-round draft pick of the Texans in 2017, Decoud spent two seasons in the NFL split between Houston and the Dallas Cowboys. He played for the XFL’s Dallas Renegades in 2020, before signing with the Argos the next season. In 13 starts, primarily at field-side cornerback, he recorded 26 total tackles.