On Wednesday, the Seattle Sea Dragons signed former CFL offensive tackle Colin Kelly. This move puts Seattle at 52 players on the active roster, meaning the team will have to release one player ahead of the regular season kicking off this weekend.
OT – Colin Kelly
College: Oregon State (2008 – 2012)
College Accolades: N/A
Pro Experience: Kansas City Chiefs (2013 – 2014), Ottawa Redblacks (2014 – 2015), San Francisco 49ers (2016), Chicago Bears (2016), Jacksonville Jaguars (2017), Edmonton Elks (2017 – 2022), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2022)
After a redshirt season in 2008, Kelly played 4 seasons at Oregon State University. He appeared in 48 games for the school playing primarily on special teams early on. However, Kelly established himself as a starting right tackle over the final two seasons of his collegiate career, starting 25 consecutive games for the program in that time.
Following the 2013 NFL Draft, Kelly signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in training camp, which kept him on injured reserve for the entire season.
Kelly was released from the Chiefs in June 2014 and signed with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks shortly after. He played in 8 games for Ottawa during the 2014 season, but the team would only win 2 games all season. In 2015, the team turned things around and made a run at the Grey Cup. Kelly started all 18 regular season games for the Redblacks, along with the East division final and the Grey Cup. Unfortunately, they’d lose the Grey Cup to the Edmonton Eskimos (now Elks) with a final score of 26-20.
In January 2016, Kelly took his talents back to the US and signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He signed a 2-year contract with the team but was released at the team’s final roster cuts. Following his release from San Francisco, Kelly signed with the Chicago Bears practice squad for a short time before eventually returning to the 49ers for a stint on their practice squad.
After finishing the 2016 season on San Francisco’s practice squad, Kelly inked a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of the 2017 season. Sadly, he’d be released in May 2017.
A few days after getting cut from Jacksonville, Kelly signed a deal with the Edmonton Eskimos (now Elks) and quickly solidified himself as a starter. He played in 50 games for the Elks throughout 5 seasons, starting every one of them.
Two games into the 2022 season, Kelly was traded from Edmonton to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats for a 7th-round draft pick in the 2023 CFL Draft. Kelly kept starting offensive line duties with his new franchise, playing 14 games to close out the season.
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