Monday, January 19, 2009

Wake To The Dolphins

You kind of wonder why the Great White North isn't plumbed more for sleeper talent. Cameron Wake parlayed a two year career in BC into some life changing money in South Beach. Maybe it was the name change.

In the richest contract given to a Canadian Football League player jumping to the National Football League, the Dolphins signed DE Cameron Wake to a four-year deal that could be worth up to $4.9 million, including close to $1 million in guaranteed money, a league source said Sunday night.


Miami gets a pass rusher who posted prolific numbers in the CFL. During the past two seasons for the BC Lions, Wake had 39 sacks. The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder played at Penn State, where he was known as Derek Wake before he began using his middle name, Cameron.

Despite running the 40-yard dash in 4.55 seconds at Penn State Pro Day, Wake was an undrafted free agent whom the New York Giants signed shortly after the draft. He went to the CFL in 2006, began to dominate and drew league-wide attention that resulted in him signing a record deal with the Dolphins.

I wonder if he knows there are four downs in the NFL.


  1. Was the the guy that had that gene deficiency? I can't remember what the specific condition was, but there was a LB who graduated around when Wake did that was only able to play around 25 - 30 plays per game because of this condition.

    I remember the guy was really, really good, but just very limited, and his health was a big concern for NFL teams cause they were worried the guy was gonna either wear down too easily, or simply fall over dead on the field. I just can't remember who it was, and can't remember the name of the condition which makes it really hard to google it.

  2. The larger point is interesting. Why don't we see the NFL cherry-pick more CFL-ers?

    Joe Theisman, Mike Nelms, Warren Moon: some of those CFL guys can play.


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