September 22, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla (15) runs the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers sign former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla

The Green Bay Packers announced they signed former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla after they brought in the talented, yet troubled prospect in for a tryout after he went undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Lyerla tested very well at the combine in February but after leaving the Oregon football early last season and having issues off the field, including run-ins with the law and cocaine use, the 6-5, 245-pound tight end was not among the 256 players to be drafted in the draft earlier this month.

With the Packers facing an uncertain future with free agent Jermichael Finley who is trying to come back from a neck injury, the Packers are rolling the dice on a player who would have been a candidate to be a late-first or second round pick if not for his off-the-field concerns.

The signing of Lyerla does not ensure he will make the final roster, but he will be given a chance to show his past is in the past and to put his best foot forward for a bright future. The move isn’t as risky as you may think because there is little time and money on a contract for an undrafted free agent and can be cut at the first sign of trouble.

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