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Chiefs sign cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke to reserve-futures contract

Updated: 2014-01-11T00:19:47Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs signed former Oakland and Pittsburgh cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke to a reserve-futures contract Friday, according to a source.

Van Dyke, who also confirmed the signing on Twitter, is listed at 6 feet 1 and 187 pounds. He was taken in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Raiders — despite starting in only three of his 13 appearances his senior year at the University of Miami — after he ran a 4.28 in the 40-yard dash at the year’s combine.

He was released after one season and two training camps in Oakland, where he had 10 tackles and one interception as a rookie and logged a negative-3.5 rating in 329 defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.

Van Dyke was signed by Pittsburgh and appeared in nine games in 2012, logging three tackles on special teams, primarily as a gunner. He was waived in August and reached an injury settlement with the team, but was re-signed in November and ended up appearing in two games, making a special-teams tackle.

Here’s Van Dyke’s draft profile.

Here’s Van Dyke’s highlight tape.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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