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Lyerla's 3-year deal doesn't include bonus

May 22, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers rookie tight end Colt Lyerla. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers rookie tight end Colt Lyerla. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

The Green Bay Packers are giving Colt Lyerla an opportunity and thatís about it.

The three-year minimum contract Lyerla signed with the Packers did not include a signing bonus, according to an NFL source with access to the NFLPA salary information.

Lyerla, 21, will make $420,000 for the 2014 season, $510,000 in 2015 and $600,000 in 2016 as long as he remains on the active roster.

This doesnít come as much of a surprise. Itís rare for an NFL team to give a signing bonus to a tryout player who wasn't signed to a roster in the week following the NFL draft.

However, itís also a startling realization of how far a second- or third-round talent can fall due to off-the-field antics. The 6-foot-4, 242-pound tight endís athleticism shouldíve easily landed him a mid-round selection two weeks ago.

The Packers have 87 players under contract for the 2014 season, leaving them $14,808,147 in salary cap room at the moment.

They should have roughly $12 million remaining once first-round safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, second-round receiver Davante Adams and third-round tight end Richard Rodgers sign.

whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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