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Throwback Thursday: Dolphins sign CFL star Cameron Wake

I recently decided I would have a little fun with the Throwback Thursday idea. I'll go through some of the old posts from here on the Phinsider, and bring them back to the Front Page. Why? Basically because I can. Plus, it's a little fun to see some of the comments and thoughts from back when these things happened.

As I was trying to come up with the perfect first post, I thought I should go back far enough that it was a real "throwback," and I wanted something worthy of being the first post. Why not look back at how we reacted to the Miami Dolphins signing Cameron Wake. So, here's Matt Infante's original post from January 18, 2009:

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The Dolphins recently worked out CFL star defensive end Cameron Wake. Other teams also worked out Wake and were interested in his services. But the two time CFL Defensive Player of the Year is heading to Miami.

The Dolphins signed Wake on Sunday to a 4 year, $4.9 million deal - including a $1 million signing bonus.

At 6'3, 260 pounds, Wake is likely to be converted to a pass-rushing outside linebacker in Miami's 3-4 defense. And he's quite athletic, running a 4.55 40 yard dash at the Combine back in 2005. He wasn't drafted, though, coming out of Penn State. He was signed by the Giants but only spent a few months with their organization.

The past 2 seasons, Wake has been a star for the B.C. Lions of the CFL, picking up 39 sacks in two years with the Lions. He was named the CFL Rookie of the Year in 2007 as well as Defensive Player of the Year in both '07 and '08. A reported 17 teams showed interest in signing Wake this offseason. He worked out for at least 8 of those interested teams before settling with the Dolphins.

Wake's combination of size and speed must have peeked the interest of Bill Parcells, who admittedly is always looking for the next Lawrence Taylor. Wake will likely have every shot at making this roster and being an impact player right from the get-go.

Be sure to check out two Cameron Wake videos after the jump...