Argos to sign QB Chad Kelly, nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly: report

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The Toronto Argonauts are poised to sign former Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, according to a report from TSN’s Dave Naylor.

Kelly indicated he would be returning to professional football on social media on Wednesday, before indicating he had signed with the Argos on Thursday.

“Man I am so fired up !!!! Let’s gooo Toronto !!! I’m so ready to get up there and win !!!” Kelly celebrated in a tweet.

The 27-year-old’s rights were acquired by the Argos from Edmonton in October as part of the Nick Arbuckle trade. 

Kelly was selected with the final pick, 253rd overall during the 2017 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and spent two seasons in Colorado before a two-year stint with Indianapolis from 2019-2020.

The six-foot-two, 216-pound pivot played four pre-season games for the Colts in 2019, starting two, completing 54-of-73 passes (74 percent) for 583 yards and two touchdowns, while adding two touchdowns on the ground.

The Ole Miss product (2015-2016) had one of the best seasons ever by a Rebels QB in 2015, throwing for over 4,000 yards with 31 touchdowns and rushing for more than 500 yards and 10 majors on the ground.

The Buffalo native became the first Ole Miss QB to beat Alabama, LSU and Auburn in the same season. Kelly started his collegiate career at Clemson in 2013 before enrolling at East Mississippi Community College in 2014. He is the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.