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DeMarcus Van Dyke clears waivers

DeMarcus Van Dyke

Oakland Raiders cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Sixteen months ago, the Raiders liked DeMarcus Van Dyke enough that they took him in the third round of the NFL draft. Now the Raiders don’t want Van Dyke at all -- and neither do any of the NFL’s other 31 teams.

Van Dyke, who was waived yesterday, has cleared waivers today, a league source told PFT.

It’s surprising how quickly Van Dyke’s stock has fallen: He’s a supremely talented athlete who’s 4.28-second 40-yard dash was the fastest at last year’s Scouting Combine, and he played reasonably well as a rookie, getting into 14 games and making four starts.

But Van Dyke struggled this year in the preseason, and Raiders G.M. Reggie McKenzie decided to cut ties with the former Al Davis pick. Now every team in the league has passed on a chance to acquire him.