The veteran Tight End had been rumored to end up with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but on August 10, Kelly seemingly decided to retire (which he later denied through his Twitter). He then was reported to be working out with his original NFL team, the Atlanta Falcons.
Now, the Falcons have signed him (probably on a one-year deal), picking up an incredible blocking Tight End who may only be around for one more year. He will certainly fulfill his role well, as he did with the Bengals. In signing Kelly, the Falcons have convinced another Tight End to choose their team over retirement. 14-year veteran Tony Gonzalez chose to stick with the Falcons instead of retiring at the end of the 2010 season, reasoning that “We have a good team this year”.
Gonzalez, as does the entire team, expect a Superbowl win. They traded an incredible amount of draft picks this year to pick up Julio Jones at 6th overall. This hurt the Falcons’ long-term standing, but made a statement that the Falcons picked up their missing puzzle piece and are going all-in for this year’s Superbowl.
Bengals fans loved Reggie Kelly in his 7 years with the Bengals. He knew his role, and he did it well. He was one of the best blocking Tight Ends the Bengals have seen in a while. He was also a veteran leader for the Bengals on offense, and he served as a mentor to Jermaine Gresham last year.
Hopefully, Kelly can win one with the Falcons this year. He had been drafted by them in 1999 in the second round. It’s a great fit, and Bengals fans with him the best.