The Cowboys are telling us what they think about Jesse Holley. They like him, but they don't like him that much.
The team chose Tuesday not to offer the third-year receiver an exclusive rights free agent contract, leaving him free to look for work elsewhere. He's got a good chance to find some, considering he was strong on special teams last year and he made a memorable 77-yard catch and run in overtime to set up a win at San Francisco in Week 2.
The North Carolina product has been with the Cowboys since winning Michael Irvin's reality show, Fourth and Long, and the 80th spot on the training camp roster that came with it. He stuck as a practice squad receiver in 2009, made the active roster in 2010 and got into some games, and then worked himself into the rotation at receiver last year. He caught three passes in the Week 2 game when he came in during the second half for Miles Austin.
For the year, Holley finished with seven catches for 169 yards. Six of his catches went for first downs, and he averaged 24.1 yards per catch. He also made 12 special teams tackles.
The move doesn't mean Holley is certainly gone. He and the Cowboys could still work something out. It just means that the Cowboys didn't want him at the price the offer would have mandated.
-- Carlos Mendez