NBC football analyst Jim Kelly, 37, who retired from the Buffalo Bills after the 1996 season, said yesterday during the network's halftime show that he has been contacted by a couple of NFL teams but that his chances of returning as a player for the 1998 season are less than 50-50.
Asked whether the Ravens were one of those teams, the former quarterback said: "I can't really say what teams. Right now, the teams that have contacted me have said to wait until the end of the season."
A Buffalo, N.Y., newspaper report last week said Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda had offered retired Bills passer a three-year contract.
Marchibroda and Ravens owner Art Modell said Friday that there was no truth to the report.
Kelly, 37, said he would look for a team with a good offensive line and would return only if management would donate the majority of his salary to his son's charity.
Kelly's son, Hunter, 8 1/2 months old, suffers from leukodystrophy, a degenerative genetic disorder that affects the brain, spinal cord and nerves and for which there is no known cure.
Pub Date: 12/14/97