After a plea agreement dropped a first-degree felony first-degree criminal trespassing charge, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing charge in March. He was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service.
Denver released Kelly following the arrest in October. He remained unsigned until late May, when Indianapolis signed the 25-year-old to provide depth behind then-starter Andrew Luck and Jacoby Brissett.
The Colts' quarterback room got a shake-up on Aug. 24, though, when Luck suddenly retired just two weeks before the regular season kicked off. Brissett was elevated as the starter, and the team subsequently signed veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer to a three-year, $12 million deal to serve as the backup.
With that, Kelly became expendable.
Though the Ole Miss product spent the first two weeks of the regular season sidelined by a suspension, he did see action during the preseason. In four appearances for the Colts, the 6'2", 216-pound quarterback completed 74 percent of his passes (54 of 73) for 583 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding 10 carries for 107 rushing yards and two scores on the ground.
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#Colts QB Chad Kelly was the highest-graded player on offense (min. 25 snaps) from last night's preseason matchup with the Bears. Kelly earned a 79.9 overall grade which ranks 6th of 32 qualifying QB's who have played thus far in week 3 of the preseason. https://t.co/HdndItY2FD
He has one career appearance in the NFL, which came in Week 6 of the 2018 campaign.
Chad is the nephew of legendary Buffalo Bills quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.