Vernon Gholston clears waivers

To no one’s surprise, the entire NFL shares the Jets’ evaluation of Vernon Gholston.

Gholston cleared waivers after being officially cut by the Jets this week, according to Adam Caplan of FOXSports.com.

That makes Gholston an unrestricted free agent.  Any team that wanted to claim him would have had to accept his previous contract with the Jets, which included a $2.565 million roster bonus.

Gholston will get another chance, but we don’t think he’ll be a lock to make a final 53-man roster this year.  It’s not crazy to think he could finish his career without ever recording a sack.

Yep, an unprecedented NFL draft bust.

25 responses to “Vernon Gholston clears waivers

  1. Yet another Buckeye, in a very long list of Buckeyes, that disappointed at the NFL level. It’s absolute fact that OSU has produced a ton of NFL underachievers.

  2. He is writing a book. “How To Become Rich With Zero Effort”. His should have his money taken and given to our service members fighting overseas.

  3. I hope the Eagles try and grab this guy for the cheap and let Washburn get his hand back in the dirt on the De position where he belongs and excelled!!!

  4. I don’t this tops Jabustus NoHussle or Ryan Leaf (Ryan Leaf deserves no nicknames, he is just crazy.)

    Vernon still gets a chance to re-write his story, come over to the GMen, I can see him playing a Kiwanuka type role…

    @lancefraenkel

  5. He may be worth a look as a DE in a 4-3 at the minimum salary though.

    Hope he had a good financial advisor.

  6. I’ll say this for Jamarcus Russell; he not only made completions, he threw some incredible touchdowns – some lazers, some bombs – and he made some fabulous runs and scored with his feet and at times gave a taste of what he could’ve been if he’d applied himself.

    Vernon Gholston, on the otherhand, applied himself and worked hard to become a great NFL player and never did anything to warrant much hope for his NFL career except to have gargantuan biceps.

    On the bust scale, I think Gholston fell harder than Russell… then again, I’m a Raider fan, so objectivity on this one is a little challenging.

  7. SHOCKING!…….I’m surprised teams weren’t banging down the door trying to sign this tremendous talent

  8. Yet another Buckeye, in a very long list of Buckeyes, that disappointed at the NFL level. It’s absolute fact that OSU has produced a ton of NFL underachievers.
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    James Laurinitias looks to be a stud…

  9. jc1958cool says:
    Mar 5, 2011 10:02 AM
    does that top jamarcus? wow thats debatable!
    up yes down no
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    As far as on the field performance, it is possible that VG actually was a bigger bust than JR.

    But when you throw in the amount of money Russell stole from the Raiders compared to what Gholston stole from the Jets, you still have to say he is the bigger bust.

  10. jaggedmark says: Mar 5, 2011 9:58 AM

    Yet another Buckeye, in a very long list of Buckeyes, that disappointed at the NFL level. It’s absolute fact that OSU has produced a ton of NFL underachievers.

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    Wow, is that true? then the Jets had better get rid of 3-time Pro Bowler Nick Mangold, who’s been their starting center since they drafted him. Wouldn’t want that ‘absolute fact’ to come back and haunt them.

  11. Can’t fault a player for being drafted high and paid big money. Gotta fault those who made the pick.

  12. I hope the cow babies don’t sign him. That’s what they need (another) bust. JJ apparently likes that and then can’t understand they the are under performing.

  13. jaggedmark says:
    Mar 5, 2011 9:58 AM
    Yet another Buckeye, in a very long list of Buckeyes, that disappointed at the NFL level. It’s absolute fact that OSU has produced a ton of NFL underachievers.

    Try not to sound so biased. Every single top-flight college football program puts out a TON of busts, just like they put out a ton of talent. USC, PSU, UF, FSU, Texas, OU, LSU…all of these schools have had many top picks not live up to their potential. It’s just going to happen when you have that many 1st round guys. The only real exception might be Miami, and they just don’t put out talent at all anymore.

  14. OSU are underachievers? Hmmm tell that to Chris Carter, nick mangold, aj hawk, malcom Jenkins, santonio holmes, James laurinaitis, orlando pace, just to name a few.

  15. I wouldn’t count Gholston out just yet — while he was a horrible misfit in a 3-4 defense, in a 4-3 he could do just fine. That’s not to say he’ll ever live up to his draft billing, but some players fit much better in a 4-3 vs. a 3-4 (or vice versa).

  16. I’m a fan with tickets. Early in his career Jets fans were mystified as to how he could suck so bad…so I made it a point to focus on him at a game. Jets put him in on some kickoffs. I watched only him on a couple of them, and came to the conclusion that he is a complete spaz. He may be able to run fast straight. Outside of that, he has zero athletic ability. No awareness, no court sense (as they call it in hoops), no ability to react and change direction.

    He made one play in his career. 09 season. Chris Johnson broke off a run and it looked like he was going to go about 70 yards for a score. Gholston chased him down from behind as Johnson made an inside cut to avoid a DB and it turned out to be a 40 yard run. It was an important play because the Jets won and needed the game, but upon further review he had outside containment on the play and a DT had pushed him off the line in that direction, so I guess he figured he’d keep running in that direction and made the play.

    Broken clock being right twice a day scenario. In his case, he even fubar’d that one because it was only right once.

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