- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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In a surprise move, the Cowboys will not offer an exclusive rights contract to wide receiver/special teams ace Jesse Holley, according to multiple sources.
The team could still sign Holley to a new deal. If not, he will become a free agent. Holley was fifth on the team with 12 special teams tackles in 2011 and saw limited action as a wide receiver.
His biggest game as a professional came in Week 2 at San Francisco when Holley replaced an injured Miles Austin late in the fourth quarter. Holley caught three passes for 96 yards. In the fourth quarter, he made an 11-yard reception for his first NFL catch, then in overtime his 77-yard catch and run set up the game-winning field goal.
Holley ended the season with seven catches for 169 yards.
In 2009, he earned a training camp spot when he became the winner of Michael Irvin's reality TV show "4th and Long." Holley was on the practice squad in 2009 and made the active roster the next season, playing in 12 games and getting 16 special teams tackles.
Holley wanted to get more playing time on offense but was mindful of his roots on special teams.
If the Cowboys had offered Holley an exclusive rights contract, it would have cost $540,000.
The Cowboys might set their sights on Jacksonville wide receiver and special teams ace Kassim Osgood, who was released according to reports.
Osgood had 11 special teams tackles last season and a blocked kick.