Chad Kelly is no longer a member of the Denver Broncos.
The team wasted little time moving on from its second-year backup quarterback, waiving him Wednesday morning — roughly 24 hours after he was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespassing in Englewood, Colo., where the team is based.
“This was a decision that we made as an organization,” general manager John Elway said in a statement. “After reviewing all the information and in talking with Vance (Joseph) and Joe (Ellis), we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do.
“Even though Chad’s no longer part of our team, we’ve offered to help him however we can and are supportive of him in every possible way.”
Kevin Hogan will take over as Denver’s backup.
Kelly — he was “Mr. Irrelevant” as the final pick of the 2017 draft — seemed to be on the right path after a tumultuous stint in college. The nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly played well in preseason, beating out former first rounder Paxton Lynch to be Case Keenum’s backup. Kelly, nicknamed “Swag” had also become a fan favorite, especially given Keenum’s early season struggles, and received an ovation in Week 6 for taking a knee to end the first half while Keenum was evaluated for a concussion.
But that quickly came to an end.
Kelly was taken into custody after police responded to a call about "a male standing outside a residence" around 1 a.m. MT Tuesday. According to court records, a man and woman told police a man came into their home uninvited and sat down on the couch "mumbling incoherently."
The records say the man chased the intruder out, striking him in the back with a vacuum tube.
A subsequent search of the area found Kelly, who matched the description provided by the homeowner, in a black SUV near a local concert venue. He was later booked at the Arapahoe County Jail and later released.
Kelly had been at linebacker Von Miller's annual Halloween party in the evening.
Before ultimately arriving at Ole Miss, Kelly was kicked off Clemson’s team in 2014 for conduct detrimental to the team. He was also arrested in 2014 after a fight outside a Buffalo nightclub.
Contributing: Tom Schad and Associated Press
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