Still like him. Also think they can work more with him on his throwing motion. He looks like he's already on it a little judging by the video of his "pro day." He has a tendency, probably from his baseball days of throwing the ball like a shortstop, all upper body and not stepping thru his throws. Got worse in 2019. Go back and look at his 18 tape and he was stepping thru and getting more on the ball.
What I do really like is he seems to see the game and the field better than anyone other than burrow. And he doesn't get rattled.
1. ERFA is meaningless because it's not even really a free agent. An ERFA has to take a minimum contract if tendered by their team. They can't negotiate with other teams unless their team doesn't tender them a minimum contract. We would have Kelly on the cheap for at least 2 more years after this season. Possibly 3.
2. Not really. Kelly's big drawback that pulled him down to the last pick of the 7th round was his behavior and immaturity. Immaturity and bad behavior are the least tolerated in QB's. He had some other negatives on his play but no more than any other QB prospect. It was the immaturity that killed Kelly. If he was a mature player he was probably at least a mid-round pick.
3. Again you can't know that. It's hard to say. It was odd that they kept him on the roster after bringing him up to be Hoyer's backup.
I'm not saying Kelly is the solution or anything. I don't know if he's really grown up or not other than having stayed clean thus far. (While it's certainly a good thing I don't consider spending a year without getting in trouble with the law to be a noted accomplishment.) We know so little about the situation. Reich and Ballard know more. But I will repeat what I already said once. You do yourself a dis-service to pretend that Kelly is an ordinary 7th round pick.
It says they have about 3M now so they must have made some moves.
If you look at their salary cap table they are pretty heavily leveraged in terms of guaranteed funds.
There is only 3 players they could cut that would free up more than 5M in cap space.
Chris Jones (who is on a 5th year option)
Things improve a bit next year but they lose a lot of players. I don't know all their players to determine how key they are though.
The other thing to consider is that Mahomes has this year and presumably a 5th year option for next year that they will invoke. So by the looks of it they arn't going to be able to keep their team together for very long. Mahomes is probably going to get close to 40M per year.
If they are going to be a dynasty they are gonna have to draft well.
I love this draft. Very nicely done. My only issue is Moss. Not a believer in him, would probably go defense with that pick. It would be surprising seeing Ballard not pick a defensive player until the 5th but the way he's played free agency, I definitely wouldn't rule it out. Our 1st 2 picks alone make this draft a win in my eyes though.