Four former Tar Heels sign as free agents

Former UNC offensive tackle Kyle Jolly signed a free-agent contract with Pittsburgh, linebacker Kennedy Tinsley with St. Louis and defensive tackle Aleric Mullins and fullback Bobby Rome with Green Bay.

  • Jolly made 38 straight starts. He graded out at 78 percent and had 31 knockdown blocks last year.

  • Tinsley was one of Carolina's top special-teams players in 2009 and saw significant time at linebacker. He had 39 tackles last season and was the special teams captain.

  • Mullins decided to forgo his final year and graduate early in 2009. He finished the season with 15 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for losses, and had four quarterback pressures. Mullins played in all 26 games over the past two seasons and made five starts in 2007.

  • Rome came to Carolina as a quarterback, but moved to fullback where he was an outstanding blocker for four seasons. He caught 34 passes for 356 yards and one touchdown in his career.