Green Bay, WI, United States (4E Sports) – After an impressive tryout during their two-day rookie camp, the Green Bay Packers have signed undrafted tight end Colt Lyerla to a contract.
“You weigh it all,” Packers general manager Ted Thompson said following the conclusion of the rookie camp.
“And every case is an individual case. We have always believed that, or I have always believed that there are certain things that people can atone for, acknowledge their mistakes and get on with their lives. And I am a proponent of those kind of people that try to do that. And that’s where we’re at with Colt,” he added.
The 6-3, 242-pound Lyerla, the troubled former Oregon standout, was among the 27 other tryout players at the Packers’ rookie camp.
At the combine in February, Lyerla said he was hoping for chance at the NFL following the premature end to his college career last fall when he and the Oregon football program parted ways.
The reason for his departure from the Ducks was never disclosed, and shortly after that he was arrested for cocaine possession and attempting to flee police — a situation he said at the combine has been resolved.
During the combine, he blew away NFL personnel with a workout that included a 4.61 40-yard dash and the highest vertical jump (39 inches) by four inches among the tight ends.
In his first two seasons at Oregon, he averaged 16.8 yards per catch and racked up 11 touchdowns.
The Packers drafted one tight end, Cal’s Richard Rodgers, in the third round, but are looking to add to a group that might be without last year’s Week 1 starter Jermichael Finley, who remains unsigned following last season’s neck surgery.