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Dolphins sign CFL’s Jerome Messam

Eskimos' Messam loses helmet to Alouettes' Bowman and Guzman during their CFL football game in Edmonton Reuters

Three years ago, the Dolphins reached north of the border and plucked pass-rush specialist Cameron Wake from the CFL.  They’re now taking another shot at a Canadian standout.

The Dolphins announced that Edmonton Eskimos running back Jerome Messam has signed with the team.

A native of Canada, Messam became last season the first Canadian player to rush for more than 1,000 yards since 2000, and he received the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award in 2011.

At 6-3 and 245 pounds, Messam brings a bruising, between-the-tackles option to the Dolphins.  If he makes the final roster, Messam could chew into Reggie Bush’s touches for 2012.

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21 Responses to “Dolphins sign CFL’s Jerome Messam”
  1. krashie21 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:06 PM

    This kid can play……make no mistake about it.

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 15, 2012 8:13 PM

    According to the photo, dude is dumb…he thinks he has to carry his helmet instead of wearing it…with tat said, he should be an Eagle.

  3. realitycheck21 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:14 PM

    The guy is a stud. Only sorry he’s going to the fins. Chargers could really use a guy like this. Mathews from Fresno St. is a bust. He’s often injured, hasn’t busted off a big one and goes down without significant impact. He barely got 1000 yds this year. And that’s only cuz Rivers didn’t have anyone else with any speed to give it to.

  4. ningenito78 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:16 PM

    We’ll see. There’s a reason not a lot of guys come from Canada and play in the NFL. Sounds like he has the body but they don’t have defensive fronts like we have here.

  5. benh999 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:27 PM

    They’re *not* taking another shot?

  6. flexingbastard says: Feb 15, 2012 8:30 PM

    we will see if he is ready the first vince wilfork seats on him

  7. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 15, 2012 8:30 PM

    He is legendary in Canada. Carries his helmet under his arm when he plays, has his cleats tied to his belt and runs barefoot. Has a giant pet beaver named Babe.

  8. blacknole08 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:36 PM

    Watch if he makes the Dolphins and has one or two straight good games ESPN will start calling him Jerome Messiah!

  9. tuckyous says: Feb 15, 2012 8:52 PM

    Would have liked seeing him replace Jacobs in the event that he’s cut.

  10. dolphins4 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:00 PM

    If he can stay healthy he’ll be a big improvement over Daniel Thomas.

  11. jrcoop says: Feb 15, 2012 9:19 PM

    This guy carries his helmet when he runs, and Ricky Williams wore his during post game interviews… and we thought receivers were nuts.

  12. ningenito78 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:28 PM

    Babyhorsemorgan- hahahaha. Mint.

  13. cavemanna says: Feb 15, 2012 9:47 PM

    smart signing

  14. lostsok says: Feb 15, 2012 9:47 PM

    The only real question here is whether he’s an upgrade over Lex Hilliard.

    The answer is so obvious the question is practically rhetorical.

  15. iminra6 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:13 AM

    Hey “flexingbastard” learn to spell before you go public. like to see you face vince wilfork one on one, your probably a puny little nerd never played sports in your life.

  16. FinFan68 says: Feb 16, 2012 7:27 AM

    It is quite obvious to me that Hilliard is on the hot seat. This is either a camp competition or Lex will be cut soon. Bush is a good back but can be better used. Thomas had a decent rookie year but was injured. Not having Polite killed the once dominant short yardage game.

  17. dprouse says: Feb 16, 2012 9:26 AM

    @babyhorsemorgan – I’m Canadian, and I thought that was brilliant! Well played.

    Messam is a stud, but he did have a rep here for being a bit of a problem child. He got cut from the BC Lions not because he couldn’t play, but because of discipline issues. The theory here is that getting cut by BC was a wake up call, as he seems to have cleaned up his act, but that red flag is there, as I’m sure the Dolphins know already.

  18. homelanddefense says: Feb 16, 2012 11:04 AM

    iminra6 says: Feb 16, 2012 12:13 AM

    Hey “flexingbastard” learn to spell before you go public. like to see you face vince wilfork one on one, your probably a puny little nerd never played sports in your life.
    ______________________________

    If you are going to call someone out for their spelling mistakes you had better make sure you use the correct version of you’re in your post.

  19. granadafan says: Feb 16, 2012 6:57 PM

    In Canada, running backs have to carry the ball AND their helmet. #Badass.

  20. onebaud says: Feb 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    It is tough to run the ball up there. Just ask Ricky Williams who spent a full season in Toronto and ran for just over 500 yards. So if Ricky is half as good as Messam, then Messam is twice as good as Ricky was. There are very few that get 1000 yards up there.

  21. mikebutala says: Feb 19, 2012 12:36 AM

    Give Lex the ball and let the Montana boy play! He’sgkt more heart than bush and Thomas put together.

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