The Indianapolis Colts have signed Western New York native Chad Kelly, the team announced Monday.
Kelly recently tried out during the team's rookie minicamp.
With the addition of Kelly, the Colts now have four quarterbacks on the roster: starter Andrew Luck, backup Jacoby Brissett, along with Phillip Walker and Kelly.
The signing means Kelly will play for Frank Reich, the Colts' head coach and former backup to his uncle, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.
Jim Kelly posted on Instagram, "Congrats on the recent signing of my nephew and Godson Chad Kelly to the Indianapolis Colts. I know he has been through a lot and has made some mistakes in his life but I’ve spent some quality time with him the last couple months and I see a different Chad. I am pumped to see what the good Lord has planned for the next chapter in his life. You can’t change the past but you can surely learn from it. I thank God for giving him another chance. Go getem Chad , Uncle JIM is ready and excited to see you on the field again. It’s time to “TURN THE PAGE “
In mid-March, Kelly pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree trespassing after being accused of entering a couple's home uninvited after Von Miller's Halloween party last October in Colorado. He was released by the Denver Broncos shortly thereafter.
The plea means Kelly will serve no jail time, but was sentenced to one year of supervised probation and 50 hours of community service. The court allowed Kelly to fulfill his obligations in New York or another state with the probation department's permission.
As part of the deal, the charge of first-degree criminal trespassing was dropped. Kelly had pleaded not guilty to that charge.
Kelly was drafted with the final pick in the 2017 draft out of Ole Miss, after initially committing to Clemson. Kelly played in high school at St. Joe's.
Kelly spent his rookie season on injured reserve, but worked diligently in the offseason to win the Broncos' backup job. Kelly was impressive enough that the Broncos released former first-round pick Paxton Lynch. Kelly made his pro debut with a kneel down at the end of the first half in Week 6 while starter Case Keenum was being evaluated for an injury.
Colts General Manager Chris Ballard was asked after the NFL Draft about adding players with character concerns:.
"I'm into giving second chances," he said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "I mean, my wife always tells me, 'Chris, you think you can save everybody. I mean, at my core, that's who I am ... and I do. But I also have learned that when you take somebody that does have issues even though they are really good, the strain it puts upon not only the coaching staff but the locker room and other plays because they have got to answer questions too. So we’re selective.
"I don’t want to sit here and say we will never take a shot because I know me well enough and there will come a point when we do, but it’s going to be one that we’ve researched, we feel comfortable that we can handle it and there is a humbleness inside of him that he has been remorseful and he wants to fit into our locker room.”