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Jerome Messam mulling over deal with Dolphins

Edmonton Eskimos' Jerome Messam (L) pushes off Saskatchewan Roughriders' Tyron Brackenridge during his 1000th yard carry in their CFL football game in Edmonton November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber

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Jerome Messam isn't a Miami Dolphin just yet.

Several published reports late Saturday said the Edmonton tailback signed a deal with the NFL team. One report included confirmation from Eskimos general manager Eric Tillman.

But a CFL source requesting anonymity said Sunday morning that Messam hadn't put pen to paper yet and that he and his camp were still going over the NFL deal.

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Messam enjoyed a banner 2011 campaign with Edmonton, becoming the first Canadian since 2000 to crack the 1,000-yard rushing plateau.

The six-foot-three, 245-pound Toronto native, who grew up in Brampton, Ont., ran for 1,057 yards and was named the CFL's outstanding Canadian as well as a league all-star.

Messam's season ended in the West Division semifinal when he suffered a torn meniscus in his knee that required surgery.

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