Miami Dolphins: Canada's Top Running Back Is Likely Headed to South Beach

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 12, 2012

There's no question that talent in the Canadian Football League is non-comparable to the likes of the National Football League, but the CFL's top running back appears to be on the verge of signing with the Miami Dolphins.

Jerome Messam of the Edmonton Eskimos was voted the CFL's best Canadian player this past season and will reportedly be taking his talents to South Beach to test the waters at the NFL level. However, a report came out late Sunday morning that Messam is still "mulling over" Miami's proposal. 

The 26-year-old Messam grew up in Ontario and attended Graceland University, but did not enter the NFL Draft, instead, Messam went undrafted in the 2008 CFL Draft. 

Messam spent his first season with the BC Lions, receiving limited playing time, but he was then traded to Edmonton, where he ran for an incredible 1,057 yards and six touchdowns on 195 carries this past season. 

Messam stands at 6'3" and weighs a whopping 245 lbs, which makes him an ideal inside power runner at the NFL level—he would certainly complement Reggie Bush's elusiveness to the outside. 

The major concern with Messam is his character, as he's had some off-the-field issues and even cracked his own teammate's jaw. However, if Messam's talent can be utilized with the Miami Dolphins, then he'll be one remarkable signing. 


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