The Dallas Cowboys officially missed out on re-signing free agent receiver Jesse Holley; he signed with the New England Patriots on Monday. Most Cowboys fans only remember Holley’s big catch in an overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers in September, but he was far more valuable to the team than even that big moment showed.
Holley would have been a shoo-in for the Cowboys’ No. 3 receiver spot in 2012, but the team bewildering showed no interest in re-signing the free agent receiver this off-season. After a couple of months fly across the country and meeting with multiple teams, including the Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills according to a source, Holley finally found a new NFL home in New England.
Of course, there are a ton of naysayers who knock Holley for his “one big catch,” but those critics obviously don’t watch film of all Dallas’ games. In his limited time on the field in 2011, Holley showed the most consistent hands of any Cowboys receiver, catching passes in traffic on third downs when it seemed everyone had forgotten about him.
Signing with the Texans or Bills would have been a better option for Holley as the Patriots already have too many receivers on the roster and more will suffer the fate of Chad Ochocinco, who was cut by the team on Friday. With New England, Holley will likely play a lot on special teams, but if he gets a shot on offense, you better believe he’ll make the most of it and show Dallas the mistake it made in letting him get away.