Messam returns to Riderville, inks new deal with old squad

REGINA — Jerome Messam is headed back to Riderville.

The 32-year-old national tailback signed a contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Wednesday.

He previously spent time with Saskatchewan in 2014 and 2015 where he rushed for a combined 1,208 yards and three touchdowns and added another 598 yards in the air.

The Brampton, ON native was listed at no. 25 on’s Top 30 Pending Free Agents. Messam suited up in 17 games in 2017 and tallied over 1,000 yards rushing for the third time in his career (1,016). He also found the end zone nine times in his third season in Calgary. The six-foot-three, 255-pound running back was named the 105th Grey Cup’s Most Valuable Canadian in his team’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts.


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The Toronto, Ont. native is a two-time Most Outstanding Canadian (2011, 2016), was named a CFL All-Star twice (2011, 2016) and a West Division All-Star three times (2011, 2015, 2016).

Messam has spent time with the BC Lions (2010), Edmonton Eskimos (2012, 2011), Montreal Alouettes (2013) and Saskatchewan Roughriders (2014, 2015) before the 32-year-old was traded to Calgary on trade deadline day in 2015.

Messam’s best season of his career came in 2016 where he hit career-highs in carries (206), rushing yards (1,198), touchdowns (11) and receptions (54). He was also named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian that year.