Jets re-do Gholston's contract

For as good as the Jets were in 2009, they could have been even better if they’d used the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft on someone other than linebacker Vernon Gholston.  But at a time when many assumed that the arrival of Jason Taylor would result in the ouster of Gholston, the team and the player have worked out a deal that reduces his pay. 

According to Rich Cimini and Adam Schefter of, Gholston’s $1.9 million base salary has been cut, and he’ll be able to earn back the difference via incentives.  He’ll also be moving from linebacker to defensive end, a relatively thankless position in the 3-4 defense, which primarily requires the player to tie up blockers so that the linebackers can make plays on the ball.

And so it’ll be even harder for Gholston to register his first-ever NFL sack.

If/when he’s released, look for the Patriots (who arguably bluffed New York into picking Gholston) to try to do with him that which the Jets to date have been unable to do.

Meanwhile, Raiders tackle Bruce Campbell can likely blame Gholston in part for Campbell’s slide to round four.  Both were workout warriors, runnning fast and jumping high and lifting a lot of weights and doing great things that otherwise never occur on a football field.  Gholston’s example likely has prompted teams to remember the contents of the college game tapes.

35 responses to “Jets re-do Gholston's contract

  1. For as good as the Jets were in 2009, they could have been even better if they’d used the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft on someone other than linebacker Vernon Gholston, and they may have been even better
    For as good as my english is, it could have been even better if I’d have attended sixth grade in 2oo8 when I was supposed to, and then it would have been even gooder.

  2. Gholston had plenty of game tape that was outstanding. He had 14 sacks and over 20 TFL in his last season, the biggest problem with him was all of the bad tape which resulted in him totalling only 23 tackles other than sacks in all of his games. The guy only wanted to rush the passer and had no motor otherwise.
    Look for a team (nost likely one running the 4-3) to swoop in and make a trade for Gholston now that his contract is more palatable.

  3. What incentives will help him earn back $$ ?
    Getting off the bench or keeping Sanchez/Ryan’s hot dogs warm during games ??
    Trade him to the Arena league.

  4. You do realize that Gholston was not quite the “workout warrior” everyone calls him, right? He only had 22 sacks in 2 years playing in the Big Ten, including 14 in 2007, three of which were in utter destruction of Jake Long.
    He also had a sack in each National Championship Game he played in.
    Fact is, he probably would’ve been a relatively productive 4-3 DE, even if he wouldn’t be a double-digit sack monster.
    He has not translated well to 3-4 OLB, and the team that should pick him up should play 4-3, not the Patriots who also go with the 3-4.

  5. Uh, moron, Gholston was pretty solid at Ohio State. His workout numbers probably pushed him to the top 10, but he was going to be drafted in the first round regardless. So, no, Bruce Campbell’s situation was not even close to the same.
    More rubbish from PFT.

  6. He’s a talented player I think he just needs a fresh start. I don’t know if New England would want him but someone will take a chance.

  7. Wouldn’t changing his contract to a smaller, incentive based contract make him a more attractive trade option for teams who didn’t get the OLB/DE they wanted?

  8. in all fairness Gholston was a more productive college player than Campbell. Though it wouldn’t be hard for Campbell to become a more productive pro, all he would have to do is see field.

  9. What in the world makes you think the Pats can do anything with Vernon that the Jets haven’t already tried? If this final move to DE doesn’t workout, that would make him efficient at just about nothing. He even failed on special teams i.e. Ted Ginn.

  10. If Gholston is such a superior athlete, I do not understand why Gholston was unable to be coached up after all these years. Ryan is a defensive guru – why do some players respond to him, while others do not. Has Ryan ever revealed Ghoslston’s deficiencies? Attitude? Ability?

  11. Better late then never I guess. But why didnt we do this last year instead of drafting the hands of stone dhBUST at pick 7…..

  12. they could have been even better… and they may have been even better! Get some sleep Florio.

  13. Well the obvious thing you’re overlooking here Florio is that Vernon Gholston actually DID produce in college. Judging by his numbers, his film probably was impressive. 14.5 sacks his senior year was an Ohio State record, and he was All Big-Ten and an All-American. 4 of those sacks came in one game, and he was also responsible for the only sack that #1 overall pick Jake Long gave up all year. What I’m getting at is you can’t really compare an evaluation of Vernon Gholston’s collegiate career to Bruce Campell’s who was never even 1st team all conference. One player produced in college, the other did not. They both happened to have good combines. A good combine on top of impressive collegiate tape = a high selection. A good combine alone does not.

  14. Gholston play DE in a 4-3 system at Ohio State where he had over 12 sacks his Junior year. I don’t know why the Jets thought he could be a OLB in a 3-4 system.

  15. give the kid a chance at DE this year…if no production he is a goner. if anyone is gonna make a player, its rex ryan. until than….lets see

  16. Jets bailed out the genius. Belichick WAS going to take him regardless of the myth building you guys continue to do.

  17. Well the Jets don’t play a traditional 3-4. In fact they almost never line up in a traditional anything… so the gloryless position of DE, isn’t gloryless at all. Ellis, a DE, had 8 sacks.

  18. a Top 10 that pick that is….ah sucks. Get over it and live with it. It happens. Don’t chastise the people that report it. They gave him tim to prove them wrong. He didn’t prove them wrong.

  19. he got paid a nice signing bonus and decided he didn’t need to play football, he got his money why risk it? J.O.P. stats are best in league!

  20. I feel for this kid, he was solid in college and simply hasn’t translated well into a 3-4. I was pumped when the Jets took him. However, I agree with other comments that I’ve seen, and I think that Gholston would do just fine in a 4-3. Might not be a pro bowler, but he could probably earn himself a starting job somewhere. The Giants are in a position where they could/should take the chance on developing him. They don’t have much to lose after how poorly their defensive line performed last season. The Jaguars are another team who are looking to re shape their defensive line who may want to take a look at this kid in a trade.

  21. I don’t think it’s fair to blame Campbell’s slide on Gholston. NFL teams have been taking chances on “workout warriors” for a long time, and it hasn’t changed this year (Jason Pierre-Paul). If Mike Mamula, Kyle Boller, Tony Mandarich, Darrius Heyward-Bey, et. al. haven’t taught anyone yet…

  22. As good as the jets were? They were 9-7 and wouldn’t have even made the playoffs if the Colts didn’t lie down. In the playoffs they beat the falling apart Bengals team, and the Chargers handed them the 3 point game, missing 3 FGs! That’s good?
    Of course, when the Colts actually stayed on the field Gangrene was summarily dismissed from the postseason.

  23. “a relatively thankless position in the 3-4 defense, which primarily requires the player to tie up blockers so that the linebackers can make plays on the ball.”
    Bruce Smith would beg to differ. Florio you’re great with the rumors and the legal crap. Leave the actual football opinions to people who actually understand the game.

  24. Gholston (22.5 sacks in 2 seasons) wasn’t a workout warrior, and neither was Mike Mamula (29 sacks his last 2 seasons). Both were very productive players in college.
    They are only referred to as “workout warriors” because NFL scouts and coaches lost their minds once they saw their measurables.

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