Steelers Sign Ex-Bucs OT That Played QB in College
The Pittsburgh Steelers are signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Dylan Cook to a free agent contract he announced on his Instagram page on Thursday.
Cook, 25, is a 6-foot-6, 308-pound tackle that spent his rookie season with the Bucs in 2022 after going undrafted out of Montana.
Cook played in 73 snaps over three games of Tampa’s 2022 preseason, all at left tackle. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as well above-average pass blocker and a below-average run blocker.
A Butte, Montana native, Cook came out of Butte High School as a quarterback and attended NAIA Montana State-Northern for his first two collegiate seasons, seeing some action in 2017.
In 2018, he made the extremely unusual transition from quarterback to offensive line while transferring up to the FCS level to walk on with the Montana Grizzlies. Cook sat out 2018 due to the transfer, but played in the 13 games, winning a starting job in 2019 and a scholarship.
His 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19, but Cook returned in 2021 and became an All-Big Sky selection at tackle. That led to him signing with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent last spring.
Cook spent time on the Tampa practice squad in 2022, and was signed to a future contract with the club for 2023, but was waived on May 15.
Cook will become the fifth tackle on the Steelers roster, which stands at 89 players overall, behind Chukwuma Okorafor, Dan Moore Jr., first-round pick Broderick Jones, and veteran free agent acquisition Le’Raven Clark.