Messam situation murky

Eskimos running back Jerome Messam pushes off Roughriders cornerback Tyron Brackenridge at...

Eskimos running back Jerome Messam pushes off Roughriders cornerback Tyron Brackenridge at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., Nov. 4, 2011. (DAN RIEDLHUBER/Reuters)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:45 PM ET

Something fishy happened on the way to Miami.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Edmonton Eskimos running back Jerome Messam had agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins.

Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman said he was informed by Miami general manager Jeff Ireland on the details of an offer from the NFL team.

Then, the verbal agreement hit a snag.

Miami was apparently unwilling to give Messam a signing bonus.

From the players’ perspective heading from the CFL to the NFL, getting a bonus would give the player some financial security.

Landing a signing bonus would ensure Messam that he would have some income to fall back on in case he did not make the Miami roster.

Since that would not happen until late August, the CFL season would already be more than half over and Messam would only be paid for the time he would be back in the CFL.

There was no indication the deal had been finalized on the Dolphins website.

Messam arrived in Edmonton early last season after being released by the B.C. Lions.

He then became the first Canadian running back to gain over 1,000 yards in a season since Sean Millington broke the barrier in 1990.


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