Kelly signs with Cardinals two days after Pats release

Kelly signs with Cardinals two days after Pats release
August 27, 2014, 4:45 pm
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Tommy Kelly isn't walking back through that door. 

The veteran 33-year-old defensive tackle was signed by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, the team announced, just two days after being released by the Patriots. 

Kelly suffered a season-ending ACL injury in 2013, but appeared to have recovered well from the injury during training camp. He was consistently spotted on the line next to Vince Wilfork with what appeared to be New England's first-team defense and performed well in preseason action. On Monday, the Patriots announced that he had been cut, along with veteran defensive end Will Smith and linebacker James White.

For the Cardinals, who lost defensive tackle Darnell Dockett to a season-ending ACL tear in camp, Kelly is a logical fit. 

Some had speculated that the Patriots released Kelly in the hopes that they could bring him back after Week 1, much in the way they handled defensive tackle Gerard Warren in 2011, to add to the team's depth and provide some locker room leadership. Whether or not that was the case, the Patriots knew that Kelly could be scooped up as soon as he hit free agency, and he has been.