The Green Bay Packers have agreed to bring in troubled Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla for a tryout with a chance to earn a spot on their 90-man roster, NBC Sports’ Darin Gantt reports.
Lyerla, one of the most talented tight end’s in college football was kicked off the Ducks early last season due to an off-the-field drug arrest. Because of that issue, Lyerla, who has second-round talent went undrafted and was not even signed in the first round of undrafted free agency.
It’s easy to see why teams didn’t want to take the risk of giving Lyerla any guaranteed money but the fact that Green Bay brought him in for a tryout is a great move. There is almost no risk for the Packers. If he proves worthy of greater look, the team can sign him to a contract that includes only a minimum salary. If not, they can wash their hands of him.
During his two and a half seasons at the Pac-12 school, Lyerla was solid for the Ducks, catching 34 passes for 565 yards. Interestingly, 25 of those catches and 392 of those yards came in 2012, meaning that he is capable of contributing when he’s behaving.
That year, Oregon went a dominant 12-1, winning the Fiesta Bowl easily over Kansas State.
However, the previously mentioned arrest and controversial tweets ended up knocking Lyerla off of NFL Draft boards across the league, making his tryout with Green Bay very important to his NFL future.
Green Bay has had tryout players come in and earn roster spots before, the most recent example was Jarrett Boykin, who did it two years ago.
Lyerla definitely has the talent to compete for a spot on the Packers 53-man roster but first he has to show enough in his tryout to earn an invite to training camp. If he does, he will have his work cut out for him making the 53-man roster as the Packers already have Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers and Ryan Taylor at that position.
At the end of the day, brining him in for a tryout is good move for Green Bay, Lyerla has big-time talent and if things work out and he makes the roster, the Packers will be better for it. If not, they can jettison him whenever they want with no harm done.