Jerome Messam likely won’t be back in Calgary, could land with Riders

Jerome Messam’s four-yard carry in the fourth quarter of Calgary’s Grey Cup loss might have been his last in a Stampeders uniform.

The bruising Canadian running back has been told by the Stampeders he won’t – barring an unforeseen change – be back in Cowtown. But a landing spot could be open one province east: Saskatchewan. Expect the 32-year-old to hit the market when free agency opens on Feb. 13.

The Riders let national runner Kienan LaFrance go on Jan. 31 because he was due a $20,000 off-season bonus the following day. That opened up more than $110,000 of cap space for the green and white, which could be enough to land Messam.

Riders head coach and general manager Chris Jones has an affinity for Messam, raving about him in defensive film sessions. Messam rushed for 305 yards in three meeting against Saskatchewan in 2017, two times going over 100 yards in a game which were both Stamps victories.

Messam spent parts of two seasons in Riderville where he reasserted himself. The six-foot-three, 255-pound back rushed for 826 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in 47 passes for 464 yards, 1,290 yards from scrimmage in 15 games. At the 2015 trade deadline, then-interim general manager Jeremy O’Day sent Messam to Calgary for Canuck kicker Tyler Crapigna. That off-season the Stamps re-signed him for two years, that deal expires on February 13.

The Brampton bus was a stalwart for Calgary rushing for 2,394 yards and 20 touchdowns adding 701 yards on 93 catches and another major in 37 regular season games. Messam had a career-best campaign in 2016 when he rushed for 1,198 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 54 balls for 485 yards and one TD, all of those numbers are single-season highs. That year he earned the Most Oustanding Canadian award.

When Messam missed his one and only game in 2017, rookie Terry Williams started and rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns leading Calgary to a 59-11 victory over Montreal in Week 15. Williams has the inside track to be the Stampeders No. 1 running back as Calgary makes a passport change at the position. In combination with that move, after the retirement of Josh Bell, Tunde Adeleke could be the first-team safety to balance out the ratio.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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67 Comments on Jerome Messam likely won’t be back in Calgary, could land with Riders

  1. Blue rules // February 8, 2018 at 5:36 pm //

    Sounds like Jerome is baiting the Rider’s fan base to make GAGA noises before moving to a real football club.

    • True green // February 8, 2018 at 7:43 pm //

      Hardly. We’ve had him and traded him. He’s a big strong back and would be welcomed back but I for one am not excited about that. He’s 32. You want him our east you can have him.

    • I’ll make GaGa noises all day long if it makes Jerome come to the Riders!!!…This is where a great Canadian realizes his only chance to win a Grey cup is not in Calgary. I know that seeing him in Regina would be awesome….can’t wait!!!

    • Justin Trudeau? Is that you?

      • Dundas dude // February 9, 2018 at 3:22 pm //

        I don’t think Trudeau likes football, given how few women play in the CFL. Diversity is our strength (Trudeau’s, Morneau’s etc,…not the dirty little ignorant people who work for a living)and onward social justice warriors, the increasingly harsh winters are more evidence of global warming! Keep quiet and pay your taxes, because it’s 2015!

    • agreed he is no Johnny football

  2. Mantis Toboggan // February 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm //

    I would be surprised if he doesn’t end up with the Argos.

  3. Tinhead 296 // February 8, 2018 at 5:42 pm //

    Rider fans hated to see him go. Bonus is that he is Canadian. Way better than LaFrance.

  4. Riders2013 // February 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm //

    Good freaking Lord!! Why does every over-the-hill past their best before date over-priced player get associated with the Riders??!! (see Bowman, Messam). I don’t want to see either of those players in a Rider uniform (again!!!) Jeesh!

  5. why are the riders the possible landing spot for every player free agent or released player. lots of speculation here

  6. Cmon…..does Jones know that there is a cap? Oh wait, I get it. He can spent $10 million on salaries and he will get a fine of $500. Something stinks on the prairies.

    • True green // February 8, 2018 at 7:44 pm //

      That’s the smell of money.

    • True green // February 8, 2018 at 7:46 pm //

      Or maybe you’re smelling your own fear.

    • don’t be an ignorant fool.. with the amount of players the riders aren’t bringing back in free agency, along with guys they have already released or traded, means there will be lots of room in the cap for more guys.. its misinformed people like you that give the real CFL(not just rider fans but all fans in general) a bad name.. do your homework before you spout off at the mouth.. Jones has been in the league for going on 16 seasons.. and he has two assistant GMs who crunch all the numbers.. I’m sure they can work out a 5.2 million dollar salary cap! there is roughly 15(at least) players Jones has released or that will be free agents by Feb 13. Yet he has traded for, and/or signed(or resigned) 8 players.. so if he we lose 15 players and have only signed 8 others..well do the math if you can bud.. with those 8 players salaries it is probably around 1.5 million combined.. which would leave the cap with roughly 3.7 million to fill the other 32 positions.. that’s an average overall salary of around 110000 dollars per player.. and we know that lots of the players already on the roster are only making the minimum of 56000 dollars.. there will be more than enough cap space for the Riders OK bud.. go back to your shanty next to McMahon Stadium.. **gahick**

    • Cap has no effect before game one. I typed slow so you could keep up

    • How did you get past the spambot test???

  7. Blackhawk89 // February 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm //

    Don’t the riders already have the greatest backfield In the league? They are the greatest at every other position according to some.

  8. Time to move on. Messam turns 33 shortly plus too much money. We’ll spend our money better.

  9. Greenland // February 8, 2018 at 6:14 pm //

    Relax, he could end up anywhere. If he does sign with the Riders it will be for a back up role and not much money.

  10. This certainly is clickbait. He “could” land with the Riders however he “could” land with any other team. The news here is that he won’t be back with the Stampeders. Not surprising as his production really tailed off in 2017. Will be interesting to see how Calgary works the ratio without a Canadian tailback – if they don’t replace Messam with a Canadian.

  11. Too bad he didn’t get GC with Stallions. So close, yet so far away. GC slipping away within final 2-3 minutes both GC games. The RedBacks 2016 loss still haunts him when Buckley didn’t quite make it into end zone. One of the strangest coaches call ever.

  12. Given the other options at running back that the Riders have (Richardson, Marshall and Thigpen) I’d be surprised if Messam (even though he’s Canadian) would be a priority right now. I liked him when we had him but don’t see it as a good fit myself.

    I agree that Toronto given Wilder’s holdout would be a more likely destination.

  13. I take it this is just speculation on 3DNs part? I also see TO as a much more likely destination. With Marshall, Richardson and Thigpen on the roster I’m not seeing Messam coming to the Riders. Jones does like to look at every opportunity. That’s part of what makes him great, but on this one I’m not seeing it.

    • He does’t want to go to Toronto…It’s a mess and he wants to win a cup…then retire

      • Best coach in the league in Toronto. Best GM in the league in Toronto.
        Argonauts good enough to win the 2017 Grey Cup. But, somehow the team is a mess and doesn’t have a good chance of repeating? Okay then. What is your opinion based on?

  14. Calgary’s crazy to trade him… he’s in great shape and carried the team in many games. Wake up BC, make a move and snag him! You need a bruiser RB while Lulay heals and Jennings (hopefully) regains form.

  15. Father time // February 8, 2018 at 7:04 pm //

    WAS in great shape. Old, expensive and beat to rat***t.

  16. Kantkount // February 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm //

    Handler. What stinks, is your February math! The season is 4 months away.

  17. Scottsask // February 8, 2018 at 7:11 pm //

    I would have grave concerns if this was a serious move. I don’t buy it.7

  18. OMG!!!!!! every player in the CFL is signing with the Riders Justin maybe they will dig up great’s from the past and sign them too!

    • Habsnriders // February 8, 2018 at 9:04 pm //

      Well Lorne Richardson lives in Regina he is in mid 60’s next time I see him I’ll ask him if he is in game shape.

  19. Riders and the Leafs have the best ‘market machines’ for their product
    Just another notch Justin

    Any news is good news

  20. I love watching Messam run over people. Convert the kid to defence. Linebacker dropping bombs back in Rider Green!

  21. Looking good at 56 // February 8, 2018 at 8:28 pm //

    “The Riders let national runner Kienan LaFrance go on Jan. 31 because he was due a $20,000 off-season bonus the following day”
    Ya, that’s why LaFrance was cut.
    Get it right Dunk and quit stirring BS!!!

  22. Preaching to the masses // February 8, 2018 at 8:32 pm //

    14 latest stories on 3 Down Nation. 8 of the 14 are stories about the Riders.
    There is no doubt that the Green Riders have risen to Mystic Status. They are absolutely loved, despised and hated all at the same time. That is the true mark of a Country’s team. Canada’s team.

    • Habsnriders // February 8, 2018 at 9:07 pm //

      Even as diehard rider fans we hate them for a few moments during a game . Then we love them again

  23. Pennyrocker // February 8, 2018 at 9:11 pm //

    Riders have two strong backs already. Did no one watch the highlights on running backs seems Richardson maybe a threat.

  24. Looks like the Stamps want to go YOUNGER and CHEAPER at the RB position. Terry Williams who played lights out when given the chance is both of the just mentioned. Only negative is a import vs a national but that usually opens another spot for a national starter elsewhere. No big deal.

    • George Porge // February 9, 2018 at 5:31 pm //

      Terry Williams was good in the one game, but it would be good to remember that he was playing against a pretty weak team, and he was pretty new (meaning that other teams didn’t have any film on him). I’m cautiously optimistic about how well he can fill Messam’s shoes, but at this point I wouldn’t bet the farm on him.

  25. Colour me green // February 8, 2018 at 10:28 pm //

    Not sure we need him and a high salary. He is injured a lot and doesn’t play 18 games a year. I’d say pass

  26. I hear there’s a couple of high profile US inmates soon to be released. They could end up with the riders as well.

    • Preaching to the masses // February 9, 2018 at 5:44 am //

      He Thunder. If they have paid their debt to society and they are great football players why not. I mean after your personal bankruptcy. The banks still forgave you 7 years later and started loaning you cash. So if you get a second chance why not the inmates.
      Just trying to show how shallow minded and prejudice your comment is.

  27. GreenGiant // February 9, 2018 at 8:22 am //

    “The Riders let national runner Kienan LaFrance go on Jan. 31 because he was due a $20,000 off-season bonus the following day”. Negative, they released Lafrance because he did not perform to expectations.

  28. Peter North // February 9, 2018 at 8:38 am //

    Another 30+ guy potentially into the fold for the Saskatchewan Seniors. Nice!

    This guy has mileage on him and running backs as they get older often tend to get banged up more and slump in performance. Buyer beware.

  29. OldBaldGuy // February 9, 2018 at 9:28 am //

    Dunk likes to pot-stir…no?

  30. rider fan // February 9, 2018 at 9:38 am //

    Messam would be a upgrade for the Riders as a Canadian at his position.

  31. calgary needs to shake things up, as milt said..losing that cup 2 yrs in a row like they did, its in their heads now. they need some new blood

  32. Messam’s 32 and pretty durable for possibly two reasons the first of which is his size and fitness. The other: he hasn’t the mileage a typical 32 year starter normally has as out in BC he was rarely used as a runner. That counts for another good year. He’s not often injured.

  33. Riders should never have let him go in the first place. I’d bring him back before signing Richardson.

  34. Messam will end up in T O.

  35. Pennyrocker // February 11, 2018 at 5:08 pm //

    TJ if you have not watch the running backs highlights then you missed one good reason as to how much Richardson brings to the table. Besides Richardson was signed last year to his contract. Messam was traded before his contract ended to the Stamps. I also look at Richardson as a major impact for the Riders.

  36. I think Taman traded Messam to Calgary on October 14, 2015 and Taman was fired on October 30, 2015 so it would appear that Taman traded Messam not O’Day unless I am missing something.

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