The Miami Dolphins welcomes another star from the Canadian Football League (CFL) after signing 6-3, 245-pound running back Jerome Messam Wednesday, via team’s press release.
The Canadian born running back played two seasons in the CFL. Messam signed as a free agent with the BC Lions on May 14, 2010. For the entire 2010 season with the Lions, Messam carried the ball 23 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
However, last season as a member of the Edmonton Eskimos, Messam registered 1,057 yards off 195 carries and six touchdowns, along with 248 receiving yards off 27 receptions. Messam’s breakout season allow him to achieve the CFL’s Most Outstanding Canadian Award, while being the first Canadian running back since 2000 to rush over 1,000 yards.
This will not be the Dolphins’ first time striking gold with a CFL star if Messam becomes an impact player in the NFL. Linebacker Cameron Wake signed with the club in 2009 and since his arrival, he registered 121 tackles (including 28 sacks) and forced four fumbles. Wake, a native of Beltsville, MD, was a member of the Lions as well.
There are conflicting reports about Messam’s signing, in terms of the length of the contract. Messam will become the fourth ball carrier for the Dolphins, joining Reggie Bush, Richard Medlin and Daniel Thomas.
The 26-year old back has had two off-the-field incidents in 2010 as he cracked the jaw of a teammate and pleaded guilty to an altercation in a club – which carried a $250 fine.
Messam played collegiate ball at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa.