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Packers sign Oregon TE Colt Lyerla

May 19, 2014
 
Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla signed with the Packers on Monday. Kyle Bursaw/Press-Gazette Media
Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla signed with the Packers on Monday. Kyle Bursaw/Press-Gazette Media

Well, they did it.

The Green Bay Packers signed former University of Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla on Monday, the team announced in a press release..

The athleticism of the 6-foot-4, 242-pound native of Hillsboro, Ore., speaks for itself, but he’s had a history of off-the-field issues. It started when he tweeted that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., were a conspiracy, and later that the children were only “supposedly” killed and their parents were “liars.”

Lyerla was suspended early in the season for violating team rules before finally leaving the Ducks on Oct. 6. Shortly thereafter, he was arrested for possession of cocaine.

He’s a gifted and explosive athlete who at the scouting combine measured 6-feet-3 7/8 and 242 pounds. Among tight ends at the combine, he had the third-fastest 40-yard dash (4.61 seconds), the best vertical jump (39 inches) and tied for the best broad jump (10-8).

He also produced big plays at Oregon. He had five touchdowns and a 21.7-yard average on only seven receptions as a freshman, then averaged 15.7 yards and had five touchdown catches as a starter as a sophomore in ’12.

"He is a first-round talent and he will be a great young man in Green Bay," Lyerla's agent, Vinnie Porter, told Press-Gazette Media. "He has turned the corner and will make this situation a great one."

Lyerla said on Twitter after the Packers announced his signing: "I am honored to be a part of such a legendary organization. Proud to be a Green Bay Packer!"

The Packers also signed Miami defensive lineman Luther Robinson off the tryout camp and released tight end Raymond Webber, who was signed earlier this offseason.

Third-round defensive lineman Khyri Thornton also signed his contract. That leaves safety Haha Clinton-Dix, receiver Davante Adams and tight end Richard Rodgers as the three remaining unsigned.

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