Having played 110-games in an Crows jumper since being selected with the 40th pick of the 2014 rookie draft, Kelly's services to the football club have seen him meet the markers to become an unrestricted free-agent.
Despite being sad to see the 26-year-old depart West Lakes, Adelaide's head of football Adam Kelly claimed that the Melburnian would depart with their blessing.
“Jake has made a great contribution to our Club over the past eight seasons,” Kelly said of his namesake in an official statement.
“He has consistently set high standards on and off the field with his training and preparation.
“We thank him for his service and wish him all the best as he embarks on the next stage of his career.”
However, this view was revised on Friday afternoon after journalist Mitch Cleary tweeted that Kelly would be joining 2021 finalists Essendon instead.
Essendon has landed Adelaide defender and unrestricted free agent Jake Kelly. More soon @AFLcomau
— Mitch Cleary (@cleary_mitch) September 10, 2021
The Oakleigh Chargers product's acquisition acts as a large boost for Ben Rutten's defense that was overrun by the Bulldogs in their elimination final last month.
The length of the deal struck between the two parties is still yet to be made public knowledge.