Chad Kelly released by Broncos following arrest in Colorado on trespassing charges

Kelly has been serving as the Broncos' backup quarterback this season

Joe DiBiase
October 23, 2018 - 1:45 pm

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The Denver Broncos announced Wednesday morning that they are waiving quarterback Chad Kelly follwoing his arrest early Tuesday morning in Englewood, Colorado. He was charged with first-degree criminal trespassing. According to the press release from the Englewood (Colo.) Police Department, Kelly was chased out of a residence he illegally entered.



"This was a decision that we made as an organization," Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement."Even though Chad is no longer a part of our team, we've offered to help him however we can and are supportive of him in every possible way."

Tuesday's arrest wasn't the Western New York product's first run in with the law, he's had his share of off the field issues. Kelly was arrested in 2014 after a nightclub brawl where he allegedly told a bouncer that he was going to "get my AK-47 and spray this place". He served 50 hours of community service for that incident.

While at Ole Miss in 2016, Kelly ran onto the field of a local high school football game between Bishop Timon and St. Joes. Kelly's little brother had been hit out of bounds and a brawl ensued. Kelly ran onto the field to get involved and had to be restrained.

Before becoming the starting quarterback at Ole Miss, Kelly was dismissed from Clemson's football team for conduct detrimental to the team. He also had an invite to the NFL Combine rescinded for personal background reasons.

Kelly had, seemingly, cleaned up his act since being picked with the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Broncos. After spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve, he beat out former first round pick Paxton Lynch for the backup quarterback job in Denver. There have been calls by many fans in Denver to have him start over the struggling Case Keenum. Now, after being released due to another arrest, it's hard to say if any other team will give Kelly another chance.

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