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2012 NFL Free Agency: Dolphins Close To Signing Jerome Messam

NFL Free Agency is coming up, but the Dolphins appear to already making moves on some available players.

One of the Dolphin's best signings over the past few years was not from the pool of available NFL free agents, but from our neighbors to the North in Canada. Before Cameron Wake became a force on the edge for the Dolphins he was a terror with the BC Lions of the CFL.

It appears that they are going to try and catch lightning a second time, and the club is close to signing running back Jerome Messam of the Edmonton Eskimos, according to The Phinsider. Here is some more on the role Messam could play with the Dolphins.

Messam's playing is similar to Dolphins' restricted free agent Lex Hilliard. Hilliard was utilized as a short yardage rusher and a fullback by Miami this year, and the 6-foot, 3-inch, 245 pound Messam could fill that role if MIami does not re-sign Hilliard. Messam does have a troubled, off-the-field reputation, including an incident where he broke a teammate's jaw in a locker room fist fight. He has been suspended by the CFL on two separate occasions.

Messam was the first player since 2000 to rush for over 1000 yards in the NFL when he piled up 1,057 yards on the ground last year. He was named and All-Star and the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian. His addition would make four running backs currently on the roster for the Dolphins, but Richard Medlin spent most of his time on the Practice Squad last year.

For more on the Dolphins, please check out the Phinsider. And for more on every Free Agency transaction over the offseason, please head over to the SB Nation NFL Hub page.

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