Steelers Sign Former CB DeMarcus Van Dyke

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed former cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke after working him out on Tuesday.

Van Dyke who suffered a serious hamstring injury early on in training camp, failed to play during the preseason and as a result he was waived injured prior to the start of the regular season. Once he reverted back to the Steelers injured reserve list Van Dyke was waived from in late August with an injury settlement.

Van Dyke was on the Steelers 53 man roster last season but only played on special teams. He ended the season on the injured reserve list after suffering a shoulder injury early in the game against the Dallas Cowboys.

We have yet to learn what the corresponding move is, but it might include Curtis Brown.

  • Shea Fahr

    I wonder if he could play safety.

  • steeltown

    Hmmm… good bye C.Brown?

  • CW


    I guess this might be the end of Curtis Brown.

  • steeltown

    Would be nice

    I wonder if this isn’t some attempt at purging the current roster or trimming some fat if you will (ie C.Brown)

  • Shannon Stephenson

    At this point I am at a loss for what we are trying to do. It almost seems like we are garbage picking. Van Dyke has some great physical skills but if here was anything he could bring I would think that someone somewhere would have picked him up being good CB’s are at a premium in this league.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    ahh…makes more sense now. good point.

  • Shea Fahr

    Agree and the fact Ike has a ‘cussion.

  • CrazyTerry

    This Steelers saga is turning out funnier than the Dick Van Dyke show

  • NW86

    Can’t say I really understand this – sure, they might be thinking of getting rid of C. Brown, but it’s not like they need another CB. They already have SEVEN CB’s including the practice squad.

    But it’s only a workout. Who knows, maybe it was just an agreement as part of their settlement with him that they would give him a workout halfway through the season if no one had picked him up.

  • J&LSteeler

    Yawn….wake me up for the draft…

  • steeltown

    I’ll say this though, I bet Van Dyke makes the 53man this season if he hadnt suffered such a serious hamstring injury

  • mem359

    Maybe they’ll convert Van Dyke to a tight end, in case the team needs even more of them.

  • steeltown

    Ike Taylor has a concussion… not to mention C.Brown has been on the inactive list and has struggled, even on special teams

  • dennisdoubleday

    DVD, I wish I knew how to quit you.


    “I wonder if he could play safety.”
    I wonder if he can play cornerback…………

  • sean mcmartin

    I predict this offseason will be a sad but necessary one. Some of the Last of the great warriors who gave the fans so many good moments over the years will be let go and go out on a losing season. The salary crap demands a sacrafice and it will get fed.


    “I wonder if he could play safety.”

    I wonder if he can play cornerback……..

  • sean mcmartin

    The silver lining is the high draft pick, Just not sure Colbert can draft anyone worth the spot.

  • John Williams

    The answer to both is “No”.

  • John Williams


  • last top twelve pick Ben Roethlisberger

  • steeltown

    Extending the contracts of Ben and Heath in the offseason will significantly lower their 2014 cap hit, in addition you might see Pouncey and C.Allen offered extensions as well… these few moves will help in clearing up a lot of the cap restraints

    That said, yes for guys like Keisel and Clark this is a sad year indeed

  • steeltown

    Picks in the top 20’s during Colberts tenure – Burress, Hampton, Polamalu, Roethlisberger, Timmons, Pouncey and Jarvis Jones

  • steeltown

    Looks like they released I.Green which makes no sense being that Green is the only other CB not named C.Allen and WillieG that seems capable of playing on defense

  • sean mcmartin

    I hope Colbert hits a grand slam and the first four picks come ready to win and play like they deserve to wear the black and gold.

  • Chris Wilkes

    Yeah, I think that has everything to do with the move.

  • Tom

    Please…………don’t let this guy play on special teams again.

  • Ronk25

    Where’s the beef? The Steelers can’t get any pressure on the QB w/o blitzing multiple folks. They are very very weak on the non Woodley side. We can thank the 2 geniuses (Colbert & Tomlon) for letting both Harrison & Lewis walk. This front couldn’t get pressure on a college offensive line – let alone another NFL team. If you expect the brain trust of Colbert & Tomlin to figure it out – get another plan – not happening.

  • Eric

    Instead of a weapon, our top pick will have to be an OT, unless that problem gets solved during the off season. Not exciting.

  • sean mcmartin

    The Steeler way is to take best athlete available. Guess its time to update some traditions to be competitive in today’s NFL. One great change would be to bring in an experienced NFL coaching staff to get back to the top where the Steelers belong.

  • treeher

    I agree, I think the team has been playing musical chairs all season. Granted, injuries have more or less dictated this, along with the cap situation. I’d like to see Dave or one of the other writers do an article on Steelers handling of salary caps because the team has been so limited in recent years in what it can do, especially in free agent market. Do other teams do a better job? Are we suffering cap issues because we’re paying for too much past success?

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    You know how the saying goes….Hope in one hand, $h!t in the other…

  • sean mcmartin

    No haven’t heard that one but I like it.
    I’m looking for any reason to be positive this season.
    Been along time since I have endured the losing seasons. The Dark days have returned…

  • Rob Erickson

    This season is taking on the feeling of one of those botched Fantasy Football seasons. You know the ones…you make some picks that don’t pan out, get some injuries, whatever…then week after week you are scouring the “free agents” trying to find that match-up or cast-off that might help you, all the while knowing that really you just don’t have the depth of talent to compete. And while I am on the subject of talent, I am tired of hearing Tomlin discuss “pedigree”. By stating a player isn’t living up to their pedigree, he is saying that the Steelers weren’t wrong in selecting the player, it is the player who is not living up to the scouting the Steelers did. At some point, you need to own the fact that you highly misjudged the talent and upside of some of our recent draft selections.

  • natty

    harrison has looked every bit the part of an over the hill NFL player this season from what I have seen. his addition to this roster would have been in salary only, not performance.

  • They did not let Harrison Walk And what is he doing in Cincy playing 25-30% of the time same stats as Worilds. Harrison 18 tackles 9 solo 2 sacks and he was offered more to stay than he got jacked himself

  • Eric

    Despite all of my own bitching, moaning and second guessing that goes along with a season like this, I am glad that the FO and coaches are doing something to speed up the secondary. Even if the Van Dyke experiment fails, the FO is showing us that they have not given up on the season. It would not be the Steeler way to throw in the towel and play for the highest draft pick.

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    I hear ya. I will take ANY positive news with this team.

  • SumnerYoung

    A terrible 3rd round pick, obviously.

  • SumnerYoung

    The Steelers need d-backs with ball skills. They put too much emphasis on tackling ability for cornerbacks, and this year they aren’t tackling well. The NFL game now is a high flying aerial game. It’s becoming a variation of basketball. Look at all the smart teams who have tight ends who were basketball players. Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron. Of course, Tony Gonzalez was the pioneer of that movement and he is the best ever. But does Van Dyke have ball skills, you know, pass breakups and interceptions, etc. I doubt it. Keenan Lewis had ball skills. He wanted out of Lebeau’s system and now he is excelling as the Saints #1 cornerback. Depressing.

  • Steeler Wheeler

    If all else fails you still got fantasy football to watch…oh wait, I went Doug Martin and Julio Jones 1 & 2 this year 🙁

  • Yikes!

    I went Morris Richardson 1&2 was like drafting one running back

  • Scott

    I would like to see film on him to see what he did from play to play for Oakland. You would think with his speed, he could recover from mistakes. Don’t know, just wondering.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Tomlin has a hard on for athletic players like Al Davis did. We keep on going back to this kid. I hope there is something there?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    it will be an even longer sleep starting next year.