Will The Steelers Consider T DeMarcus Love A Stone Worth Turning Over?

According to Pro Football Talk, the Minnesota Vikings plan on waiving tackle DeMarcus Love on Tuesday now that his four game suspension is over. Since that news surfaced, several have asked me if I think the Pittsburgh Steelers will have interest in claiming the former sixth-round draft pick and I suppose it could really go either way with him.

Love, who was suspended this past April for four games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, didn’t play at all during his 2012 rookie season because he was placed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury. The Arkansas product did play both tackle spots for the Vikings during the 2013 preseason and only gave up one sack in 72 snaps played.

The Steelers could use a young tackle right now on the roster and head coach Mike Tomlin said he would turn over every stone looking for options at the position following the loss a few weeks ago to the Chicago Bears.

If Love is deemed by the Steelers as a stone worth turning over, they should have a pretty good chance at claiming off of waivers thanks in part to their 0-4 start. However, the New York Giants are also 0-4 and they too could have interest in the young tackle as well due to their own offensive line needs.

Love’s contract is cheap, so he might very well be worth a flyer. We will just have to sit and wait 24 hours to see if the Steelers have any love for him.

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  • Eric

    There is not much to loose here, except Whimper.

  • steeltown

    I find it very hard to believe that there are so few options out there when it comes to OL.. I mean, we have to resort to a player that didn’t play at all (as a rookie) last season and hasnt played yet this season either.. am I understanding correctly, he hasnt played in an actual NFL game yet, correct?

  • OIF3gunner

    How do you not know the difference between lose and loose!?

  • chris ward

    With the offensive tackle situation, It could not hurt the Steelers to offer a cheap contract to Demarcus Love.

  • Dale

    Who doesn’t make occasional typos on the Internet? They’re only worth mentioning when they’re funny.

  • OIF3gunner

    That was no typo.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Agreed…assuming he passes a physical. Whats his conditioning like? Now that I think about it it doesn’t seem to be an issue having not playing the entire rookie year then only giving up a sack in the 72 snaps the next preseason. May find a gem here…possibly for cheap…definitely gotta kick the tires on this one…!!

  • WilliamSekinger

    I don’t like yet another character guy being added to the roster at this point. I’ve had enough of the character issues lately. Would rather they just lose games with who they already have and get them some experience. Just my opinion, try not to crucify me for it :)

  • Eric

    Honestly, it was a typo, but it works either way.

  • Eric

    I understand your point, but we are the Pittsburgh Steelers and we don’t just lose games (since 1969) or play dead in order to get the #1 pick. Adams and Gilbert are not cutting it, so something must be done.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    when opportunity knocks

  • Fritz Baughman

    At this rate, Mike Adams will get Ben decapitated by week 6. I’d settle for a performance enhancing individual over someone without any performance whatsoever any day of the week.

  • Fritz Baughman

    Merica!

  • joed32

    Really slim!

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Is that all that’s out there?

  • Eric

    Why shouldn’t my spelling be bad. I studied English at Fort Couch Middle school in Upper St. Claire.

  • JB

    Unfortunately, “who they have” are flat out awful. There are certainly no untarnished gems laying around out there – anyone available who might be worth a darn is going to have issues. I say, there is nothing to lose but games. he’s cheap, and might provide some help – give him a look. If he doesnt pan out for character or other issues, he can be cut with little impact. There is absolutely nothing to lose

  • thatninjab

    0-16. Even if the Steelers fix their issues they are still piss poor talent wise when you consider their stars no longer perform like stars and the rest if their roster is average at best. We need a year of high draft picks.

  • Nolrog

    During the season there’s not much available. I think we were very lucky to get Velasco. He’s played pretty well.

  • RW

    I would personally give Mike Adams PEDs if it guaranteed that Ben would stay upright the entire season.

  • RW

    Are we getting excited about a sixth-round pick who has never played a down in a regular season game? Call me crazy, but I’ll pass. I’d rather them trade our first rounder next year for someone else’s dominant LT.

  • gene mann

    I think if there talk about them leaving no stone unturned then its time to use the Bye week and bring them in like they did when the signed Jeff Reed.

  • dgh57

    This is what I’ve found on D. Love: He started his last 26 games at Arkansas 11 of them at Guard so he has position flexibility. Team captain his last 2 years. The Vikings may of let him go because they have Matt Kalil along with the PED thing. If we’re going to bring someone in, now’s the time since he’ll have extra time to learn the playbook because of the bye week.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Yeah think they hit a home run on Velasco. I say sign him up before he plays himself out of the Steeler market.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    That we do too bad we gave away a 3rd round pick just so we could have Landry Jones.

  • Bob Loblaw

    No, we traded our third round pick next year for the pick we used on Shamarko Thomas.

  • gene mann

    Lets use the break to bring in any possible OT might work out well like Jeff reed

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Is Guy Whimper is considered below the line and we are getting poor production out of Adams then it only makes sense to bring Love in although he still may not be ready for the Jets game.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    How can you not bring the guy in for a few weeks and see who he is? The are plenty of expendable spots on the 53 that can be used to evaluate new talent. No harm-no foul if he doesn’t work out.

  • Tom

    Why not? There are fullbacks in the league that could put up more resistance than Adams did on several plays Sunday.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Because we just had to draft Landry Jones (such a steal he was… this is sarcasm btw and not intended for you rather for the team) and then realized Thomas was still there and we had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting him in the 5th rd with our next pick. Had Shamarko been drafted in Landry’s spot instead there is no way (oh good lord I hope I’m correct) no way they make that trade for Landry. I conspire to believe that this was an error on the part of the organization to draft Landry Jones where he was taken. But technically you are correct and I’m not arguing that, yes they did trade up using next year’s 3rd rd pick as compensation for the Shamarko Thomas selection.

  • treeher

    Can’t be any worse, might be better. He’s been spanked once, maybe he’ll be a good boy now … of course, we need some BAD boys on the OL …

  • Steeler Wheeler

    More importantly…Is Adams blocking looser than others or is he a loser?

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Is taking a PED a character issue? Hmmm, I’m not good enough, I’d like to get better and help my team, maybe I’ll try some PEDs It’s not a trunk full of pot, rape, or killing some guy or …

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Who inexplicably played 0 snaps on D vs. the vikes. I get he may be CB #4, but I’m certain he’s safety #2 and has the skills to be the best damn run supporting safety in the league…something this team needs with our poor LB play. Shit, he’s probably better at ILB than the scrubs we’ve been playing.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    I’d like a few OLinemen that are actually good at doing their job, rather than having position flexibility, which is a nice way of saying they suck at a lot of spots.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    Here is another huge mistake made by coaching staff. Whimper is guaranteed money even if they cut him. Long, malecki and other scrubs we had were not guaranteed and we could cut them and upgrade for free. That shitty punter is guaranteed also I think. Terrible job Tomlin, terrible!

  • Callentown

    How about the CFL? Dolphins found a gem there in Cam Wake.

    Because this O-line isn’t going to get it done. Audition new LT’s and find which of these guys, if any, have a chance at playing RT.

    Sheesh, this is ugly.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I put more of that on Colbert but Tomlin has a hand in it.