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EDMONTON -- The Montreal Alouettes have acquired non-import running back Jerome Messam from the Edmonton Eskimos in exchange for a sixth round selection (45th total) in the 2013 CFL Canadian Draft.

Messam rushed for 1,057 yards on 195 carries and scored six touchdowns with the Eskimos in 2011, on his way to being named the CFL's Most Outstanding Canadian before signing with the Miami Dolphins in February. The former product of Graceland University was the first Canadian player to crack the CFL's 1,000-yard rushing plateau in a single season since 2000.

"We are pleased to have Jerome join our team. We look forward to helping Jerome regain his form from his MOP season in 2011," explained Alouettes General Manager Jim Popp. "Jerome should add another dimension to our ever-changing offence. It will be fun to watch our new offensive coaches implement these newly-acquired offensive players with our current group of outstanding players."

The Brampton, Ontario native attended the Dolphins' 2012 training camp and had one reception for 10 yards and one carry for a two-yard loss in a pair of pre-season games. The 27-year-old later rejoined the Eskimos in time for the Labour Day Classic and finished the season rushing for 168 yards and one touchdown while also adding eight catches for 76 yards in just nine games.

The Alouettes also announced that they have granted non-import defensive end Luc Mullinder his release. During his nine-year career, the veteran suited-up for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and most recently the Alouettes, recording a combined 112 defensive tackles, 16 sacks and one interception.

Fan Comments
Dave Saj
I think he still has a lot to give. He ran hard in Edmonton. Will he fit in well with Als scheme? Why did he not work out in Miami? Does anyone know?
February 07, 2013 - 1:20am
als rule
February 08, 2013 - 11:46am
wild horse
That's a very talented backfield. Praying that Whitaker returns to form. Now if only some D-coordinator will come in and put the Defence in Shutdown Mode.
February 06, 2013 - 6:58pm
als rule
#2 maybe his end in montreal due to his salary!! remember in 2003 #4 thomas haskins signing with edmonton due to salary differences with GM popp!!
February 08, 2013 - 11:49am
What about Cory Boyd? A much better back. No head problems. A consistent 1K guy. What else do you look for in and RB. Granted he's not Canadian but that's no biggie.
February 06, 2013 - 2:38pm
als rule
what a riot!! LOL LOL LOL. seriously NO!!
February 08, 2013 - 11:52am
What about Cory Boyd? A much better back. No head problems. A consistent 1K guy. What else do you look for in and RB. Granted he's not Canadian but that's no biggie.
February 06, 2013 - 2:38pm
als rule
what? your lost on that one!!
February 08, 2013 - 11:45am
wild horse
You know I love the Als. Nuf said. BUT, I am getting excited about the New Era. Always liked Arlan Bruce, and we have an awesome array of Offensive Talent. Messam has a touch of Nasty. Arguably the best O-Line in Canada. Will A.C. gracefully and gradually hand over the reins, and become a QB Coach? Now Please will somebody return the DEFENSE to rock solid ?!!!
February 06, 2013 - 1:38pm
als rule
nuff said NO!! what new era? again NO!! arland bruce plays where? WR/SB? if bruce plays SB will GM popp trade richardson? where? for what in return? player(s)/draft choice(s) or just released or still remain with the als? my guess everybody stays as bratton already gone so roster spot given to ARLAND bruce!!
February 08, 2013 - 12:01pm
It's the 49th pick if you include Ottawa. I think it's safe enough to assume that they'll be there.
February 06, 2013 - 12:50am
als rule
BUT for how long? LOL LOL LOL
February 06, 2013 - 12:02pm
The Als will look newer than they have in a decade! Players I never thought I'd see here - Arland Bruce, Jerome Messam, (and Porter - not so sure about that one). Sure hope Als will have no trouble keeping SJ and Jamal. Love to see those two plus Arland and Jerome on the field at the same time. Only thing left is to find someone to call the right plays!
February 05, 2013 - 9:27pm
als rule
newer in a decade? WHAT? get serious!! NO!!
February 06, 2013 - 11:52am
wild horse
Didn't see that coming. Good Canadian running back, the Alouettes will need to settle him down. We're pretty strong at RB. Popp sounds like he wants to stir up the "ever-changing offence". Getting ready for the Kyle Quinlan Era.
February 05, 2013 - 3:10pm
als rule
"ever changing offence" MAYBE OR MAYBE NOT!! C RB/FB dahrann dietrick is coming to his end and is a FA so a clever move by GM popp coach or no coach!! QB era in montreal still goes thru #13!! 1 calvillo, 2 porter, 3 neiswander, 4 quinlan!! GO ALS GO!! ALS RULE BABY OH YEAH!!
February 05, 2013 - 10:22pm
Nice trade for Montreal.
6th round selection for Messam.
February 05, 2013 - 3:03pm
als rule
unbelieveable player for just a 6th round choice BUT BC, EDMONTON and now MONTREAL!! one wonders!!
February 05, 2013 - 10:08pm
Interesting move considering he Als don't even have a coach yet!
February 05, 2013 - 3:00pm
als rule
NO!! GM signs/trades players and coaches coach them!!
February 05, 2013 - 10:11pm