Edmonton Elks release six players, including receiver-turned-defensive back Duron Carter

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The Edmonton Elks have announced the release of six players, including outspoken defensive back Duron Carter.

The 31-year-old CFL veteran played 10 games for the Elks last season after recovering from an injury suffered in training camp. He registered 16 defensive tackles and one interception while starting at cornerback.

Carter began his career as a receiver and was twice named a CFL all-star at the position, first with the Montreal Alouettes in 2014 and again with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2017. He started practicing at defensive back with the Riders late during the 2017 season and started five games at cornerback the following year, recording 11 tackles and one interception.

Following his release from Saskatchewan, Carter had stints with the Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions as a receiver. He did not play professional football in 2021, as he served as the head coach at North Palm Beach Prep in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Also released by the Elks were defensive backs Jeff Richards and Treston Decoud, linebacker Brady Sheldon, defensive lineman Keisean Lucier-South, and offensive lineman Tony Washington.

Decoud and Washington publicly announced their departures from the club earlier in the day. The former started 18 games for the Elks at halfback last season, while the latter started nine games at left tackle.

Richards signed with Edmonton in September, making seven appearances on defence. The 31-year-old recorded 17 tackles and one interception.

Sheldon played four games for the Elks, registering 11 defensive tackles, two special teams tackles and an interception. Lucier-South played in three games and made three tackles.

Carter, Decoud, Washington and Richards were all slated to become free agents on February 14.