Just about the only sports news going around today amid the COVID-19 Pandemic is the beginning of NFL Free Agency and a former Boilermakers signed a very nice extension as Dennis Kelly inked a 3-year, $21 million deal with the Tennessee Titans today. The deal includes $8.75 million of the $21 million being guaranteed.
The signing comes after Jack Conklin who was the Titans’ starting right tackles left via free agency to join the Cleveland Browns. With Conklin leaving and Kelly signing this deal, one can assume that the former Boiler will slide into the starting lineup next season.
Kelly has not played a tremendous amount during his career thus far but he did start the first four games for the Titans last season in place of Taylor Lewan who was serving a four-game suspension to begin the season. He also caught two touchdown passes, one in the regular season and another in the postseason to become the heaviest player to catch a postseason touchdown pass in NFL history!
In 4 years playing for Tennessee, he has suited up for 58 games and has gotten 16 starts, but those numbers will definitely grow next year as he seems to be slated for the starting right tackle spot.
Purdue fans are no doubt happy and excited for Kelly getting a rather nice payday in the NFL. Congrats Dennis, Boiler Up!