The Indianapolis Colts announced on Monday that the team has signed free agent offensive tackle Mitchell Van Dyk and waived offensive guard Isiah Cage (injured) in a corresponding move.
Originally a 7th round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, the 6’7″, 299 pound offensive tackle has also spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers organization, where he remained on the team’s injured reserve (waived) this past season.
It’s not his first stint with the Colts, as Van Dyk was signed on April 20, 2016, but was waived shortly thereafter on May 2, 2016.
The former Portland State standout was a First-Team All-Big Sky Conference selection 2013 for the Vikings, but has yet to appear in an NFL game during his 2-year professional career (via his NFL.com draft profile):
"DRAFT PROJECTIONPriority free agentBOTTOM LINEA tough, chippy physical college right tackle ideally suited for a zone-blocking scheme, Van Dyk displays the football temperament to compete in the run game. Must show improvement in pass pro to earn a job. Intriguing developmental prospect with a swagger desired by offensive line coaches."
The Colts are switching to more of a zone blocking scheme under new offensive line coach Joe Philbin, which means Van Dyk could be a good fit from purely a personnel standpoint.
Still, he’s likely a longshot to make the team’s final 53-man roster. That being said, he still has the opportunity to compete as additional offensive tackle depth.
Meanwhile, Cage was signed as a priority undrafted free agent following this year’s NFL Draft from UW-Eau Claire. The 6’5″, 312 pound offensive lineman will likely revert to the team’s injured reserve list following his unfortunate injury.