The Green Bay Packers made room for tryout tight end Colt Lyerla on Monday by releasing tight end Raymond Webber, according to the league's transaction wire.
Lyerla had been a source of much debate ever since it was learned the organization had brought him in for a tryout last Friday during its rookie orientation minicamp.
A talented but troubled player, Lyerla will likely be monitored closely throughout the offseason as the team decides whether he's worth keeping on the 53-man when the regular season begins.
Prior to being dismissed from the football program at Oregon and getting arrested for possession of cocaine last October, Lyerla also went on a social media rant calling the deadly shootings at an elementary school in Sandy Hook, Conn. a government conspiracy.
However, Lyerla does possess a high amount of potential as a tight end, testing out as one of the best at the NFL Combine in the 40-yard dash and both the vertical and broad jumps.
Webber's opportunity in Green Bay didn't last long, having been signed in February and being cut roughly three months later.
After the latest transactions, the Packers are currently carrying seven tight ends on their roster with Lyerla joining fellow rookies Richard Rodgers—a third round draft choice—and Justin Perillo along with veterans Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Ryan Taylor and Jake Stoneburner.
All 90 spots on the Packers' offseason roster are filled, leaving no room for free agents like Jermichael Finley, Johnny Jolly and Ryan Pickett without having to sign release someone.
The Packers' also signed tryout defensive Luther Robinson, an undrafted free agent out of Miami, and officially signed third round draft choice Khyri Thornton to go along with the previously reported transaction of adding defensive back Charles Clay of Hawaii.
Robinson has been assigned jersey No. 97, previously worn by Jolly, although Thompson said during the NFL Draft that the team has not ruled out bringing back Jolly.
At 6' 3" and 301 lbs., Robinson made 40 tackles and two for a loss in three years at Miami but did not have a single sack in college.
Lyerla will wear No. 46 and Clay will wear No. 25.
As the 85th overall selection in the NFL Draft Thornton is expected to receive a four-year contract worth very close to $2.833 million, according to OvertheCap.com.
Thorton is projected to receive $562,252 signing bonus and cap numbers totaling $560,813 in 2014, $670,813 in 2015, $760,813 in 2016 and $840,813 in 2017.
Among the Packers' draft choices, only Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams and Rodgers remain unsigned.
Photo: Green Bay Packers tight end Colt Lyerla at the NFL Combine by Brian Carriveau.
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