Ten ... and out!

Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

There will be a new No. 10 in Green and Gold this CFL season.

Veteran cornerback Malcolm Frank has announced his retirement after a decade in the CFL - the last eight as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos.

The soft-spoken Frank led the Esks with 68 defensive tackles last season while appearing in all 18 games. He will be remembered as a quiet leader and fearless ball-hawking corner.

Frank had been a steady performer at his position and had actually retired from football in 1998. He returned in the 2002 season and enjoyed his finest moments in his second go-round.

His best season was 2004, when he was named a CFL all-star for the only time in his career. He was also Edmonton's nominee as the league's most outstanding defensive player and earned a prestigious all-star berth from his peers in the CFL Players Association.

That season, Frank set a CFL record by returning five interceptions for touchdowns. In his career, he ran back eight picks for majors.

He was named to the CFL West all-star team in 2004 and 2005.

Meanwhile, the Esks also announced the release of three players, including 2003 first-round pick, defensive tackle Randy Spencer.

Also let go were wide receiver Rob LeBlanc and defensive tackle Jermaine Lee. It's expected the team will announce the signing of several draft picks and free agents this week.


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