Green Bay Packers Sign Colt Lyerla

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Updated: May 20, 2014

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In an unconventional move, the Green Bay Packers have signed undrafted rookie tight end Colt Lyerla to a contract. The talented but troubled Oregon native left the Oregon Ducks during his junior year after a myriad off-field issues, including, but probably not limited to, guns, cocaine, and questionable use of social media. Lyerla drew the ire of many for his ill-conceived tweets about the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut.

The reaction to the signing has been mixed, with a significant portion of green and gold’s faithful opining that 1265 Lombardi Avenue isn’t suited for an immature criminal like Lyerla. Their reaction isn’t surprising. The Packers have generally steered clear of players with so many well-documented red flags. Green Bay is not without its share of problem children in recent years, including Johnny Jolly, Erik Walden, and Brandon Underwood. By and large, though, the Packers are upstanding citizens, with a solid locker room full of high-character guys.

Why Sign Colt Lyerla

ColtSo why did Green Bay take a flyer on the prospect? Colt Lyerla can help the Packers win, and he can help them win now. Although the Packers’ roster currently includes a plethora of tight ends in Brandon Bostick, Andrew Quarless, Jake Stoneburner, 2014 draftee Richard Rodgers, and Ryan Taylor, the loss of Jermichael Finley looms large. There is no clear replacement for Finley’s dynamic skill set, and there is a distinct possibility that Lylera can fill that void for the team in 2014. Off-field issues aside, he has undeniable talent.

During Lyerla’s 2012 sophomore campaign, the 6’ 4” 242-pound tight end flourished in Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense. The athletic and versatile Lyerla saw time at both tight end and running back, tallying 25 receptions for 392 yards and six touchdowns in the passing game, and 77 yards and one touchdown on the ground. Lyerla appeared in only two games for the Ducks in 2013 before unceremoniously leaving the team.

After a beastly performance at the NFL Combine, Lyerla was considered in some circles to be among the top three tight ends in the 2014 draft class. Lyerla led all tight ends with a 39-inch vertical jump, and his 4.61 40 time (third among tight ends) and 10’ “8” broad jump (second among tight ends) reflect the athleticism he possesses. The general consensus was that Lyerla would be a mid-round selection in this year’s draft, with the possibility of slipping a round or two based on the off-field issues.

Time To Take A Risk

Enter Ted Thompson, the man known for finding such diamonds in the rough as stud cornerback Sam Shields and running back DuJuan Harris. After going undrafted and eating a sizable slice of humble pie, the Packers brought Lyerla in for a tryout last week. The team must have liked what it saw, because he was signed to a deal on Monday. According to the Packers’ general manager, the team “did a lot of work on Colt” following an interview with him at the Combine, and Thompson feels as though Lyerla can move past his mistakes.

Could Lyerla be Thompson’s next stroke of genius? Only time will tell, but if Lylerla can flash the athleticism, versatility, and hands he showed as a standout at Oregon and leave the off-field issues behind, he will get a chance to contribute to a Packers team that is desperate for a playmaker at the tight end position.

About the author(s)

Water Cooler Sports contributing writer Steve Miracle grew up Wisconsin and has lived the majority of his life less than thirty miles from Lambeau Field. In keeping with the Miracle family tradition, Steve is a diehard fan of the Green Bay Packers. He enjoys writing both analytical and opinion-based articles, as well as articles related to fantasy football. Steve currently resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He can be reached for questions or comments at .

1522 comments
Les_Grossman
Les_Grossman

It's been fun, got a meeting!


Peace out and may your hamstrings be strong!

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

Bears fans be scared, yo. 

Plus they're pissed they don't get a comp pick for Peppers. 

$50 Fiddy 50$
$50 Fiddy 50$ moderator

I am excited to see Ryan play behind what appears on paper to be the best and only good line he has played behind in the NFL. I always felt his quick reads and release made the O line look better than they really were. Now we may finally have the complete offense we have been craving to see.

Tearloch - My Farts Are Like Sunshine on Your Face
Tearloch - My Farts Are Like Sunshine on Your Face

The signing of Peppers by TT is so against everything that TT stands for, I hope it works out for them in the short term.  I like the idea of TT overpaying over-the-hill players in the future...

Les_Grossman
Les_Grossman

I'm actually pretty excited to see what Peppers does with GB. Should be interesting.

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

It's not like the packers can't sign someone else because they signed him.

Still get comp picks

Get better edge rush

Seems like a decent move to me

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

I can just smell the fear oozing throughout this post. 

LKP
LKP

"Whatever" -emo kid

Staffords_Glove Naked and Afraid
Staffords_Glove Naked and Afraid

 Id vote for the under armour performance series. Provides a lot of support, yet breathes well. THE bra for the offseason. 

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 Almost as good as when they sold the house for Cutler. 

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

He'll play half the snaps he did last year so he won't have to.

He's been hearing Chicago say what you just did all off season. In before a Rodgers like chip on his shoulder pushes him back to double digit sacks

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 He won't take games off because he's not going to be playing all the time getting all the attention. Packers will keep him on a snap count and keep him fresh. 

Les_Grossman
Les_Grossman

That may be, but Peppers is most likely to be a boom or bust for GB. That will be fun either way.

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 That may be, but the defensive improvement isn't there. 

Peppers will have a bigger impact as a whole to that D. Whether he gets big numbers or others will because of him. 

Allen will be just like Peppers, but a little younger. 

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 It's funny how the Bears misused him. I agree. 

Les_Grossman
Les_Grossman

I'm not really sure how he'll be used yet. His salary suggests more than a 3rd down type player. That's why I said it will be interesting.


You apparently have some insider knowledge with the coaches on the other hand...

Les_Grossman
Les_Grossman

He will when CM3 misses games due to his 83 year old hamstrings.

Staffords_Glove Naked and Afraid
Staffords_Glove Naked and Afraid

He played 800 snaps last year in CHI. He wont be playing anything close to that. So yes, situational. He wont be a 3 down player

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 Then it's a good thing the Packers aren't cap strapped like some other teams in the division. 

Les_Grossman
Les_Grossman

He's getting paid some serious cheese for a "situational" player...

Staffords_Glove Naked and Afraid
Staffords_Glove Naked and Afraid

 Hes a situational player brought in to add a little something. Its not like theyre counting on him to carry the D. The best part about him coming in, is no more double teams for Fabio

sgunderson17
sgunderson17

 He very well could, but the defense will still be pretty bad. 

Peppers going to GB is a big upgrade. 

Les_Grossman
Les_Grossman

I expect Allen to get more sacks than Peppers did with CHI.