As far as a case of the Mondays go, yesterday’s was a classic for the Edmonton Eskimos. First, the team had to announce that offensive lineman Devin Tyler had been sentenced to 90 days in jail for an assault that occurred last year at a Washington, D.C. nightclub. The Eskimos put their starting right tackle on their suspended list and have refused further comment on the matter.
Then last night, former Esk and Miami Dolphin hopeful Jerome Messam dropped the bad news on Twitter that he would be undergoing his second surgery in five months.
The first, of course, came after he tore the meniscus in his left knee against Calgary in the CFL’s West Division semi-final. He watched the Eskimos lose the West final to his former team, the B.C. Lions, who went on to win the Grey Cup.
Messam signed a deal with the Miami Dolphins in February, reportedly for three years. The surgery will keep him shelved through the NFL off-season and will make it tougher for him to crack the Dolphin’s roster. He attended the team’s rookie mini-camp two weeks ago. While Messam is in the NFL pipeline at the moment, it still impacts the Eskimos, as the Eskimos would look to get him back to Edmonton with a new contract if things with the Dolphins don’t work out.
On Tuesday, the dark clouds got a silver lining. TSN is reporting that Shamawd Chambers — the Eskimos’ sixth-overall pick in the CFL draft — will not be offered a contract by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Wilfrid Laurier receiver took part in the Eagles’ mini-camp over the weekend, along with Hamilton Tiger-Cats draft pick (10th overall) Frederic Plesius, who TSN said would also not be offered a deal.
The Eskimos open training camp on June 3, with rookies reporting on May 30. Messam obviously won’t be there and now Tyler won’t as well. Even after he serves his 90-day sentence, the six-foot-seven, 300-pounder’s ability to get back into Canada could be compromised.
With those two nuggets of bad news starting their week off, the Eskimos have something to smile about in Chambers. He’s a natural athlete who has the tools to be an impact player in the CFL. Best of all, they won’t have to play the waiting game with him like they will with their other first-round pick, fourth-overall selection Austin Pasztor, who has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.