Dolphins After CFL players

GM Jeff Ireland

The Dolphins have had success with former CFL players through the years, some examples including Mark Dixon, Brendon Ayanbadejo and, of course, Cameron Wake. They've been going after CFL players this offseason as well, with one player changing his mind after it appeared he was headed south before another reportedly agreeing to come to Miami.

According to the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Eskimos running back Jerome Messam has agreed to terms with the Dolphins on an contract that will include no signing bonus.

Messam sure sounds like an intriguing prospect purely on the fact he stands 6-3, 245 pounds.

In his second season in the CFL in 2011, Messam rushed for 1,057 and six touchdowns, and was named the league's Most Outstanding Canadian Player as well as a CFL All-Star.

Keep in mind that with three downs, rushing numbers aren't as high in the CFL as in the NFL, and Messam was one of only three players in the league to reach for 1,000 yards in 2011.

In addition to the question of whether he can make the jump in talent level going from the CFL to the NFL, the other issue with Messam involves off-the-field issues.

He began his CFL career with the British Columbia Lions, but they ended up trading him to Edmonton for a fifth-round draft pick after a couple of off-the-field incidents.

If he pans out, though, Messam could give the Dolphins the power running back they're currently lacking. Daniel Thomas, last year's second-round pick, has size but he's really not a power back in the way he runs.

Messam played at North Dakota State a few years back and took part in a New York Giants minicamp — ironically, Wake also was in a Giants minicamp for a short time before going to the CFL.

A few weeks back, it appeared the Dolphins had another former CFL player on the way, this time defensive tackle Khalif Mitchell.

The former East Carolina player was a CFL All-Star for the Grey Cup champion B.C. Lions last year and he apparently had agreed to sign with Miami.

But then he changed his mind, changed agents for a second time and ended up re-signing with the Lions.

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