Jan. 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA: Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers Sign TE Colt Lyerla After Tryout, Ink Draft Pick

The Green Bay Packers on Monday signed tight end Colt Lyerla to a free agent contract after he attended a rookie tryout over the weekend.

The former Oregon standout did not play in 2013 after a host of off-the-field problems.

According to the team’s official website, Lyerla was signed along with former Hawaii safety Charles Clay and former Miami defensive end Luther Robinson as undrafted free agents.

The team also came to terms with one of their two third-round draft picks, defensive end Khyri Thornton out of Southern Mississippi.

Lyerla, 6-foot-4 and 247 pounds, played in 28 games for the Ducks in three seasons, catching 34 passes for 565 yards and 11 touchdowns.

But his career at Oregon was derailed last year. He was suspended for a game, quit the team and was arrested in October—after running from the police—and charged with cocaine possession, later entering a guilty plea to the charge.

He graded out highly at the NFL combine in February, posting a 40-yard dash time and results in various drills that were among the highest at his position.

Lyerla, as part of a plea agreement on the drug charge, was able to go to Las Vegas to work out and live with personal trainer Dwight Ross after serving his 10-day sentence. (h/t The Oregonian).

Clay, a 5-foot-10, 204-pound safety, had 69 tackles for Hawaii as a senior. He played two years for the Warriors after playing two seasons at SMU.

Robinson had 24 sacks for the Hurricanes in 2013.

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