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Report: Dolphins agree to deal with CFL defensive lineman Cleyon Laing

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There was a report last week that the Dolphins are talking to defensive end Cameron Wake about an extension that would lower his 2016 cap hit and keep the veteran pass rusher on the roster despite the torn Achilles he suffered last season.

If Wake does stick around, he will be able to act as a mentor to another defensive lineman making the jump from the Canadian Football League to the Dolphins.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Cleyon Laing. Laing has spent the last three years playing for the Toronto Argonauts and recorded 15 sacks in 35 games with the team.

He reportedly had several other offers, including ones from the Jets and Patriots. Per Jackson, the chance to play with and learn from Wake and Ndamukong Suh helped convince Laing to cast his lot with the Dolphins.

Lowell Ullrich of points out that Laing is one of 16 CFL players to sign on with NFL teams this offseason, which is a new high for a single offseason. Not all of those players will wind up making teams, but 15 players also signed deals last offseason so it seems that playing in the CFL offers decent opportunities for players trying to find a way into the NFL.

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19 Responses to “Report: Dolphins agree to deal with CFL defensive lineman Cleyon Laing”
  1. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Feb 23, 2016 12:03 PM

    Michael Sam are you watching? Instead of boo hooing get on the field.

  2. dmorles says: Feb 23, 2016 12:05 PM

    Interesting. Anyone know anything about this guy? Is he anything like Wake?

  3. BigVinnyInJax says: Feb 23, 2016 12:22 PM

    Any relation to Clubber Lang?

  4. phinsfan72blog says: Feb 23, 2016 12:30 PM

    Interesting prospect. Read something about this signing last week on dolphins sideline report. His size and speed make him seem like a couples style end.

  5. coldwater32301 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:31 PM

    Cam Wake 2.0 maybe…

  6. laxcoach37 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:42 PM

    Iowa State – 6’4″ 280lb with great speed and was 9th overall pick in 2012 CFL Draft. Had great productivity and outperformed CFL starTristan Okpaulago who recently signed with Cardinals. Sounds like a decent player with big upside and a cheap Contract. All Reward and No Risk. This means Couples will be released for sure and Olivier Vernon can walk saving about $12-14M… see Suh isn’t that bad a deal. Eazy-Peazy.

  7. VenerableAxiom says: Feb 23, 2016 12:45 PM

    I wonder, can you really catch lightning in a bottle, twice? Good luck Cleyon.

  8. akaodoyle says: Feb 23, 2016 12:49 PM

    Cam Wake dominated in Canada. This guy, not so much.

  9. seatownballers says: Feb 23, 2016 12:50 PM

    Cfl might suck next year as every decent player goes to nfl

  10. jojovie131 says: Feb 23, 2016 12:51 PM

    Pure garbage!

  11. iamkillerfin says: Feb 23, 2016 1:14 PM


  12. scmems07 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:53 PM

    “Interesting. Anyone know anything about this guy? Is he anything like Wake?”

    Nobody is like Cameron Wake……he is a certified genetic freak!

  13. fanofpft says: Feb 23, 2016 2:03 PM

    Clubber Lang he pities the QB fools.

  14. sbchampsagain says: Feb 23, 2016 2:18 PM

    bad choice. Shoulda gone with a winner. Pretty much any team but the Fins.

  15. hrod626blog says: Feb 23, 2016 2:41 PM

    Sources say that Jets were hoping to find cheaper, younger back up to Douzable. This kid is no Cameron Wake. Phins never viewed him as such. But low risk move.

  16. greenlargo says: Feb 23, 2016 6:49 PM

    Jets and Pats weren’t willing to pay as much. Believe me he did not look at those teams and decide he preferred an organization like the Dolphins.

  17. revren10 says: Feb 24, 2016 2:31 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Feb 23, 2016 1:53 PM

    “Interesting. Anyone know anything about this guy? Is he anything like Wake?”

    Nobody is like Cameron Wake……he is a certified genetic freak!

    correction a ped freak just hasn’t been caught yet

  18. completefan says: Feb 25, 2016 12:18 PM

    Another Argo gone. Hopefully we can get a mobile backup for the inevitable Ray injury.

  19. completefan says: Feb 25, 2016 12:20 PM

    That 3DownNation list contains a lot of damn good football players.

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