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Bears give up on Gholston

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Defensive end Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft, got three years to prove himself in New York.  He failed.

Gholston got roughly three weeks to prove himself in Chicago.

He failed.

The Bears have announced that Gholston has been waived.  If/when he clears waivers, he’ll become a free agent.

The Bears also have waived center J.C. Brignone, defensive tackle Tank Tyler, and quarterback Trevor Vittatoe.

It remains to be seen whether anyone else gives Gholston a chance.  Either way, he’ll go down as one of the all-time great draft busts, a workout warrior who parlayed a chiseled physique and a dominating performance against Michigan’s Jake Long into the kind of oversized contract that top-10 draft picks no longer will get.

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58 Responses to “Bears give up on Gholston”
  1. iamgoodkid says: Aug 29, 2011 1:22 PM

    alright i guess i’ll take that from the bears

  2. 46defense says: Aug 29, 2011 1:23 PM

    Well he made (or stole) his money. I’m sure he’s not worried.

  3. trbowman says: Aug 29, 2011 1:24 PM

    I’d make a joke about the UFL or CFL going after him but hell, not even they would want this guy.

  4. jacksaysfu says: Aug 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    If you cant make it on a team where Roy Williams does , you should learn the phrase paper or plastic

  5. clintonportisheadd says: Aug 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    The Bears also have waived defensive tackle Tank Tyler…………

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    Is that a great football name or what?

  6. gtorlone says: Aug 29, 2011 1:27 PM

    First Chester Taylor.. now Vernon Gholston?! Are the Bears TRYING to win?!?!?

  7. broncobeta says: Aug 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    I guess they guy really doesn’t know how to play pro football.

  8. muck241045 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    Enjoy the cellar this year bears fans

  9. brs027 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    You have to feel bad for the man, I mean now he’s unemployed!

  10. marcsasharc says: Aug 29, 2011 1:28 PM

    i remember calling this guy a bust before the draft. i dont even get what front office people saw in this kid.

  11. patriotsdefense says: Aug 29, 2011 1:29 PM

    red hot chili peppers = super bowl halftime??

  12. beckzhere says: Aug 29, 2011 1:29 PM

    No surprise here.

  13. tb12eatitbitches says: Aug 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    Are you serious. Didn’t see that coming.

  14. dfeltz says: Aug 29, 2011 1:32 PM

    dominating over Jake Long? I watched that game, the one sack Long gave up, it was an extended play that Chad Henne didn’t get rid of the ball.

  15. jimmysee says: Aug 29, 2011 1:32 PM

    A smart move by the Bears (I’m impressed).

  16. ravenspit says: Aug 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    Bears cut another Tank?

  17. damnyoulinelliot says: Aug 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    What a waste of talent.

  18. dafixisin says: Aug 29, 2011 1:33 PM

    Well, looks like the NFL has finally given up the ghost on Gholston. Maybe, the Bears heard about Gurode’s release and are moving to strike quickly.

    Bears front office: “Hey, the ‘Boys just cut Gurode!”

    “Quick, cut someone that sucks!”

  19. steelernationlolzatyouremptytrophycase6 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:36 PM

    LOLOLOLOLOL

  20. zackattack410 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    The Bears were going to trade him, but the G.M. forgot to phone it in…

  21. tformation says: Aug 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    Can’t blame Rex Ryan for getting cut in Chicago, Vern.

  22. americankris says: Aug 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    Anybody remember on draft day when new england tricked the jets into drafting this guy

    Belicheat your a slick one you are

  23. axespray says: Aug 29, 2011 1:43 PM

    if the dude is that strong, can’t they just move him to tight end/fullback and see how he does run blocking?

  24. capslockkey says: Aug 29, 2011 1:45 PM

    Look like Tarzan, play like Jane.

    Maybe Oakland will give him one last shot at an undeserved paycheck.

  25. ninjapleazee says: Aug 29, 2011 1:46 PM

    Please cut Roy Williams next

  26. 4thanddone says: Aug 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    Might as well change his name to “Mike Mamula”

  27. usher716 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:50 PM

    Aaron Maybin is next!

  28. mwcarolina says: Aug 29, 2011 1:52 PM

    well, this isnt a good sign for Gholston, first the Jets now the Bears, what next???

  29. darthhitman says: Aug 29, 2011 1:54 PM

    Jim Schwartz could coach this guy up with the surrounding talent in Detroit. How do you think detroit has built the DL rotation they have? That coaching staff has proven it can coach guys up whereas the last pick the Bears made something out of was a KR. Why do ya think they pay the Chester Taylors and Jay Cutlers so much and trade so much for ‘em?

  30. smiley4284 says: Aug 29, 2011 1:58 PM

    @trbowman

    I’d make a joke about the UFL or CFL going after him but hell, not even they would want this guy.
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    Ummmm….the UFL signs embarrassing NFL scrub washouts like Colt Brennan, so Gholston has a shot there.

  31. drshankenstein says: Aug 29, 2011 2:02 PM

    Good move. How this guy with so much talent, can’t even be a backup, is crazy. And sad.

  32. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 29, 2011 2:03 PM

    Don’t worry Chicago, you and Kansas City are both GUARANTEED to miss the playoffs…

  33. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 29, 2011 2:05 PM

    Wow this guy must be bad, I wont lie, I am a Buckeye fan, I wanted this guy bad, perfect example of looking like a beast at the combine does not translate to the field….jus sayin

  34. nflsucker says: Aug 29, 2011 2:05 PM

    Bet he can’t even properly sack a grocery bag in his new career.

  35. agelardi says: Aug 29, 2011 2:07 PM

    It was Lovie Smith’s fault.

  36. regisphilbin says: Aug 29, 2011 2:08 PM

    This guy actually makes Derek Harvey look a bit better on the football field. The MMA/Raphael skills are a different story.

  37. paulsdamnblog says: Aug 29, 2011 2:11 PM

    Who’s the bigger bust Gholston or Maybin? I gotta say Gholston, because Maybin played on those awful Bills teams. Gholston has now flunked out of 2 defenses that are usually very productive.

  38. mrnickles says: Aug 29, 2011 2:19 PM

    axespray says: Aug 29, 2011 1:43 PM

    if the dude is that strong, can’t they just move him to tight end/fullback and see how he does run blocking?

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    I can’t believe people think changing positions is really that simple. Hate to break it to all of you delusional “athletes” out there, but not everyone can just change positions in their 20’s and perform like a pro.

    Hell, the guy can’t cut it as a DE…something he’s been doing his whole life…what makes you think that he’ll be able change positions, and then be a good pro?

  39. strawsbaw says: Aug 29, 2011 2:29 PM

    Just another example of a guy with all the physical talent in the world who just doesn’t get it. You play football, dude, and you can’t handle it? I wonder what these idiots do after they fail at football. Obviously he’s made some money, but, since he can’t seem to play a game, he should have to get a real job, maybe in a factory—you know, 12-hour shifts to feed your kids. Then maybe he’ll understand what work and dedication to something is.

  40. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 2:38 PM

    Let me guess…now he’ll say that Lovie Smith didn’t give him a chance to succeed. This guy is full of excuses and there are people who actually facilitate his excuses. The other excuse was that he was playing out of his natural defensive end position. He got released after playing his “natural” position by a team that could use pass rushers. It’s time for everyone (including Gholston himself) to accept the fact that he sucks.

  41. jetropolitans says: Aug 29, 2011 2:49 PM

    Its not his fault! The bears didn’t give the guy a chance! HE’S A TOP 10 PICK FOR CHRIST SAKE! Don’t you guys know they have the right to play the ME ME ME game for the first 5 years of their NFL careers?

  42. duanethomas says: Aug 29, 2011 2:55 PM

    Did he get a chance?

  43. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 3:00 PM

    It’s great to see EPIC FAILURE hasn’t given up on Vernon Gholston yet.

  44. steeelfann says: Aug 29, 2011 3:09 PM

    4thanddone says: Aug 29, 2011 1:49 PM

    Might as well change his name to “Mike Mamula”
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    Dude, get off the stuff, are you kidding?

    Mamula actually had like 31.5 sacks in his career, not really that bad. Gholston I don’t believe ever had ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mamula even took an INT back 40+ yards for a score. Too funny, Gholston wishes he was Mike Mamula. Gholston is an all-time bust. Mamula got the tag, but he even had 8.5 sacks one year, acutally had some productivity. Please, keep it somewhat real.

  45. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 3:18 PM

    Dude, get off the stuff, are you kidding?

    Mamula actually had like 31.5 sacks in his career, not really that bad. Gholston I don’t believe ever had ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mamula even took an INT back 40+ yards for a score. Too funny, Gholston wishes he was Mike Mamula. Gholston is an all-time bust. Mamula got the tag, but he even had 8.5 sacks one year, acutally had some productivity. Please, keep it somewhat real
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    Couldn’t agree with you more. Mamula may not have lived up to his draft position, but at least he was productive. Vernon Gholston couldn’t get a sack if a quarterback fell into his arms.

  46. pigskinswag says: Aug 29, 2011 3:28 PM

    Who’s the bigger bust Gholston or Maybin? I gotta say Gholston, because Maybin played on those awful Bills teams. Gholston has now flunked out of 2 defenses that are usually very productive.
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    Being on an awful team doesn’t excuse not recording ANY sacks. I don’t think either one of these guys could get a sack even if they lined up in the backfield.

  47. philtration says: Aug 29, 2011 3:28 PM

    All that bitching about the Bears trying him out and for what?
    What did it cost them?

    Every team brings in someone for a look in the preseason.
    He did not cut it so he is gone.

  48. freedomispopular says: Aug 29, 2011 3:30 PM

    It would be hilarious if BB picked him up and turned him into a star.

  49. paulsdamnblog says: Aug 29, 2011 3:37 PM

    pigskinswag says:
    Aug 29, 2011 3:28 PM
    Who’s the bigger bust Gholston or Maybin? I gotta say Gholston, because Maybin played on those awful Bills teams. Gholston has now flunked out of 2 defenses that are usually very productive.
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    Being on an awful team doesn’t excuse not recording ANY sacks. I don’t think either one of these guys could get a sack even if they lined up in the backfield.

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    Fair point, but I think Maybin might actually tackle someone (might even be someone on his own team) this year.

  50. ny82jy says: Aug 29, 2011 3:43 PM

    Hey Vern. This is what you call not getting a fair shot. Maybe your dumbass will relize you had more than one chance with the jets. You had 3 years! Your not a football player get lost.

  51. ncsteeler says: Aug 29, 2011 3:54 PM

    I wonder how much of this is Gholston pocketing $20M or so (may $10M after taxes) of the Jets money and figuring he’s set for life? At 5% return a year that’s $500K walking around money; not chump change.

  52. chobes68 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:56 PM

    “First Chester Taylor.. now Vernon Gholston?! Are the Bears TRYING to win?!?!?”

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    What did Chester Taylor do for the Bears?? Nothing

    Gholston, did even less. If there are two areas where they’re deep, its D line and RB.

    They’re not releasing Adrian Petersen and “I’m gonna kill you and your family” Suh.

  53. bodhisattva says: Aug 29, 2011 4:04 PM

    He obviously never really tried. No desire. Just like JaMarcus Russell, he acheived all he wanted by getting the ‘phat’ contract. It was all going through the motions beyond that.

  54. rcali says: Aug 29, 2011 4:08 PM

    The one thing that isn’t his fault is that he got drafted where he got drafted. Has to be top 5 draft bust. Nice pick Jets!

  55. tv426 says: Aug 29, 2011 6:07 PM

    This guy blew chunks in college too. Unless they played the likes of Akron or Toledo. He got schooled in the Natl. Champ. game. The writing was on the wall then.

  56. mwcarolina says: Aug 29, 2011 6:41 PM

    Who’s the bigger bust Gholston or Maybin? I gotta say Gholston, because Maybin played on those awful Bills teams. Gholston has now flunked out of 2 defenses that are usually very productive.
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    Gholston because he was picked higher and busted as much. Maybin is a big bust too though and it has nothing to do with the Bills. the Bills passed on Orakpo for Maybin.

  57. MichaelEdits says: Aug 29, 2011 6:56 PM

    I think it’d be hilarious if Al Davis gave him a job. How fast does he run?

  58. nudeman says: Aug 29, 2011 10:12 PM

    Hope Roy Williams is next

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