The Colts Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Zach Brunner
The Indianapolis Colts should trade Chad Kelly while they still can.
The Indianapolis Colts should trade Chad Kelly while they still can. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images
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The big free agency move for the Indianapolis Colts this offseason was signing veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. This means the quarterback room for the Colts is crowded. Backing up Rivers is last season's starter, Jacoby Brissett. Rookie Jacob Eason is the third stringer, hoping he can develop into a quality starter.

This means that Chad Kelly is the quarterback left out. Instead of cutting him, the Colts should do everything they can to trade him for a cheap draft pick, before it's too late.

Kelly has had an up-and-down football career, but his high potential to be a solid quarterback has always been steady. He is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills great Jim Kelly, showing the quarterback genes run in the family.

While his skills are high, his off-the-field issues are well-documented. He was dismissed from Clemson due to "conduct detrimental for the team." This led to him taking the JuCo route, even being featured on "Last Chance U." He was given another chance at Ole Miss, then was drafted as Mr. Irrelevant to the Denver Broncos.

Kelly was about to be given a chance with the Broncos, impressing in offseason and preseason work. However, being charged with trespassing twice led to him being cut. The Colts signed him last offseason, and now head coach Frank Reich has said he has been "a 10 out of 10 off the field as well as on the field."

If Kelly has his act together off the field, he may be worth another team giving him a "last chance." His potential is high, and it's possible a team that was not able to draft the quarterback they wanted could put in an offer for him, giving the Colts something in return for taking a chance on the quarterback.


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