Holley to Cincinnati

Former North Carolina wide receiver Jesse Holley signed a three-year rookie contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, just minutes after the final selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, he told Inside Carolina.

"First I got a call from the St. Louis Rams, but I got a better offer from the Bengals so I jumped on that," said Holley, a 6-3, 210-pound native of Roselle, N.J.

"This means I'm in there and I've got my foot in the door," Holley said. "Personnel-wise, I've got a real legitimate shot of getting in there and competing for an opportunity to play. Chris Henry, their third or fourth receiver, is suspended for eight games."

Cincinnati didn't take any other receivers in the draft.

Holley, who will attend the team's mini camp on Thursday, said the financial terms of the contract are still being worked out.

"I'll be competing with guys like Bennie Brazell, Skyler Green and Glenn Holt – guys that have only been in the league a couple of years," he said. "This is a great opportunity for me."

Holley played in every single game all four years of his Tar Heel career and totaled 126 receptions (8th all time at UNC) and 1,760 yards. His best season was his all-ACC honorable mention campaign in 2005, where he amassed 47 catches for 670 yards.

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