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Colt Lyerla is Now a Member of the Packers

Colt Lyerla

The Green Bay Packers are serious about this Colt Lyerla experiment. They’ve gone and signed the, uh… troubled tight end to an actual contract after giving him a tryout at this past weekend’s rookie camp.

Lyerla had the talent to maybe be a third-round pick, but no NFL team even wanted to sign him as an undrafted free agent. At Oregon he had several issues, the largest of which was pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

That right there will sour pretty much the entire NFL on you. Unless of course you’re an otherworldly talent like Lawrence Taylor.

Lyerla obviously showed the Packers he can do something on the field during his tryout. And they clearly think he’s adjusted his attitude or he wouldn’t have gotten a contract.

At the combine, Lyerla expressed remorse for his decision-making. Then he went and ran a 4.61 40, which was third among tight ends. He also had the top vertical and broad jumps among the group.


So in comes old Second Chance Ted to give the kid a shot.

Lyerla’s chances of making the final roster are still slim, but he’s got some tools and will be fun to watch. It sure would be interesting if he ends up outplaying Richard Rodgers, the tight end the Packers drafted in the third round.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. GBslacker May 19, 2014

    Every picture from camp shows a guy that’s one lithium ion away from a total bi-polar meltdown.

    And then there’s the skull tattoo on his left arm.

    But other than that…

  2. Nacho dan May 19, 2014

    At this point my grandma has tattoos…

  3. K.L. May 19, 2014

    He has first round talent… Best numbers out of all the TE’s at the combine this year. This is a huge steal for the packers. Low risk, potentially very high reward. As long as he stays out of trouble, I will be very surprised if he does not make the final roster.

  4. E. Wolf May 19, 2014

    I support this wholeheartedly. He has raw talent. The cocaine possesion concerns me, but I feel Green Bay is the perfect venue for him to focus on football, and football alone. Just ask Charles Woodson
    Some people are scoffing at this move, but I feel they are hypocrits. Many are the same who have apologized through the nose for Jolly being busted not once, not twice, but THREE times because he had a tough upbringing. Well this guy has also had a tough upbringing. BUt he is white so he does not get the benefit of the doubt, at least according to some.
    I think this guy can help our Packers win another SUper Bowl championship, and I think the Packers can in turn help this guy redeem himself and stay focused on football and away from the other stuff.

  5. Iltarion May 19, 2014

    So the dude possessed some coke… to quote that movie classic “The Transformers”… Who hasn’t, man? Who hasn’t!

  6. TyKo Steamboat May 19, 2014

    On the Dari & Mel show last Saturday (the 17th) Mel Kiper Jr. called Colt Lyerla a “First round prospect” & “The best undrafted free agent signing” of the 2014 draft class.

    So we essentially got ourselves 2 first round draft picks. & also, the Bears still suck.

  7. Tucson Packer May 19, 2014

    The only white powder hes gonna find now is snow.

    And that’s a good thing, for him and our team.

  8. jtmax May 19, 2014

    He is the antithesis of R Rodgers. It will be interesting to see who will do better. HIgh talent and low character or low talent and high character. Hope they can rub off each other and elevate themselves with the best of both.

  9. Pastordad May 19, 2014

    They possibly let t go Jolly and higher this crack head…. Really? Just when I was getting a bit excited for the possibilities.

    1. Phatgzus May 21, 2014

      COKEhead, not crackhead; there’s a difference. Also way to judge someone you’ve never met, very Christian of you.

  10. Kozak May 19, 2014

    Low risk high reward project. Whats not to like?

  11. Mason Crosby May 19, 2014

    I shoot heroin, nobody questioned me.

  12. Howard May 19, 2014

    The part of Lyeria’s story that is of the greatest concern is quitting on his team. It would be interesting to know that story.

    Most of the remaining problems can be related to being young and experimenting. You can be sure one mistake and Lyeria is gone. Hopefully no mistakes for Lyerias football future.

  13. the real russ letlow May 20, 2014

    I’m sure the Packers will keep this guy on a short leash. No room for any more shenanigans.

  14. Abe Frohman May 20, 2014

    I think the real question is who do we keep? Don’t we have like 64 TE on the roster at the moment?

    Everything I’ve read about this guy suggests he needs to do more than “clean up his attitude”. He’s got some serious issues that won’t just go away. It will be interesting to see what happens with him. I hope he succeeds.

    TT has had some nice reclamation projects in the past – Koren Robinson and Jolly come to mind. It would be pretty cool to have another. I hope Colt stays healthier than those two guys.