The Green Bay Packers continue to raise eyebrows as they signed troubled and undrafted tight end Colt Lyerla to a contract, following last week’s rookie mini camp. The news broke on Monday and Packer Report’s Bill Huber was one of the first to announce the signing.
Lyerla was on almost all of our FUBAR lists just prior to the draft and not many expected him to be in Green Bay under any circumstances. He’s not typically the type of player the Packers bring in but his stature and potential were apparently enough for Packers general manger Ted Thompson to take a flier on the 6’4″ prospect out of Oregon.
Lyerla has had his issues with attitude problems as well as an arrest for cocaine possession within the last year. Lyerla left the Oregon football team after he and the team reportedly mutually agreed that he should last season. According to Lyerla’s twitter account, he seems to understand the opportunity that has been presented to him and hopefully can get his football career back on track.
Lyerla will go into the Packers’ offseason ready to compete with incumbents Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor, Jake Stonburner and rookie draftee Richard Rodgers. Colt is the type of low risk-high reward scenario that Thompson likes. Should the team need to part ways with him, nothing is lost. If Lyerla surprises and can somehow crack the practice squad or team roster, this could prove to be another big gem find for Thompson.
I am honored to be a part of such a legendary organization. Proud to be a Green Bay Packer ! #GoPackGo
— (@LongLiveLyerla) May 19, 2014