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Vernon Gholston | Defensive Lineman | #70

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 260
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (6) / NYJ
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Free agent DE Vernon Gholston worked out for the Redskins.
It's the first we've heard of the legendary draft bust since he failed to make the Rams out of camp in 2012. Four months shy of his 29th birthday, Gholston would be near the bottom of the Redskins' 90-man roster were the team to take a flier. Unless he's completely remade his body, Gholston's career isn't about to get back off the ground. Tue, Feb 17, 2015 03:32:00 PM

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Rams released DE Vernon Gholston.

Gholston ended up just being a body for the Rams' fourth preseason game, where he made a tackle. Out of the league last season, the No. 6 pick of the 2008 draft is probably at the end of the line.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 01:56:00 PM

Rams signed DE Vernon Gholston, formerly of the Bears.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, Gholston has appeared in 45 career games and has zero career sacks. The Rams will likely try him out as an edge rusher in sub-packages, where he simply tries to run around defensive ends. It's perhaps a positive that Gholston is even still trying to play in the league at this point, but we're not holding out hope for much 2012 contribution.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 07:39:00 PM

The Rams recently hosted former Jets bust Vernon Gholston for a free agent visit.

St. Louis is looking to upgrade its nickel package behind Robert Quinn and Chris Long, giving Gholston and Andre Carter a gander. Gholston's early-career soft play and inability to pressure quarterbacks suggests he wouldn't help much.
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 07:10:00 PM

Free agent DE Vernon Gholston worked out for the Lions Tuesday.

The Lions are deep along the defensive line, so they are likely just updating their emergency list. They also kicked the tires on fellow free agent defensive end Alex Brown. Gholston has garnered scant interest on the open market since the Bears gave up on him in late September.
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 09:55:00 AM

Free agent DE Vernon Gholston worked out for the Texans Tuesday.

Teams are still kicking the tires on Gholston even though three different head coaches have given up on him in three seasons. We suspect the Texans were just updating their emergency list as they also worked out the likes of free agents Antwan Applewhite and David Vobora yesterday.
Wed, Sep 21, 2011 09:06:00 AM

Bears waived DE Vernon Gholston.

Gholston lasts just one month on the Bears' roster. It's a bad sign for the former No. 6 overall pick that defensive coordinator Rod Mareinelli couldn't coach him up at his old 4-3 end spot. He's now failed in three different defensive schemes under three different defensive-minded head coaches. This month, Gholston was outplayed by practice squad types like Nick Reed and Mario Addison, putting his future in the league in doubt. Bears also waived LB Tanner Antle, QB Trevor Vittatoe and C J.C. Brignone.
Mon, Aug 29, 2011 01:07:00 PM

Bears DE Vernon Gholston entered Monday's preseason game after Nick Reed and Mario Addison.

Reed is a 2009 seventh-round pick of the Seahawks that the Bears picked up while Addison is an undrafted free agent. In other words, Gholston hasn't come close to cracking the defensive line rotation. The former No. 6 overall pick is a long shot to make the final 53.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 08:52:00 AM

Bears DE Vernon Gholston "hasn’t shown a lot" in training camp.

He was similarly invisible in the Bears' preseason opener on Saturday. The epic 2008 draft bust will get a few more chances to prove himself at defensive end in the Bears' 4-3 defense, but the odds he makes the roster are low.
Sun, Aug 14, 2011 12:38:00 PM

Bears signed DE Vernon Gholston, formerly of the Jets.

The No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 draft never tallied a sack in three years with the Jets, so noted D-Line tutor Rod Marinelli has his work cut out for him. On a positive note, it's a low-cost flier and Gholston has nowhere to go but up in a 4-3 scheme better suited to his strengths.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 07:20:00 PM

The Bears are reportedly planning to sign free agent DE Vernon Gholston for training camp.

The Bears bowed out of the Jason Babin bidding early, so they're aiming their sights (dramatically) lower. In fairness, Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is willing to work with anyone, and Gholston deserves a shot to play end in a 4-3 defense before he calls it a career. A DE in Ohio State's 4-3 scheme, Gholston failed miserably as a 3-4 outside 'backer in New York.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 05:50:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Tony Grossi does not believe the Browns will be the team to take a chance on free agent DE Vernon Gholston.

Improving their pass rush is one of the Browns' biggest needs this offseason, so it says something that not even they are expected to bring in the former No. 6 overall pick. Like fellow epic draft bust JaMarcus Russell, it's not inconceivable that Gholston may never get a second team to take a flier on him.
Sat, May 7, 2011 05:44:00 PM

In his new book "Play Like You Mean It," Rex Ryan reveals that he advised his friend Eric Mangini not to draft Vernon Gholston in 2008.

"I didn't like the kid coming out of college," Ryan said, "... thought he was a phony." Ryan insists he was in Gholston's corner once he became "one of my guys," but he was never able to turn the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 into a contributor.
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 03:11:00 PM

The Bucs have no interest in signing free agent DE Vernon Gholston, sources tell the Pewter Report.

Like many teams around the league, the Bucs have seen enough of Gholston's ineffectiveness on tape to simply ignore him. Gholston will almost certainly find an opportunity at some point once free agency opens, but he'll have to accept the league minimum.
Mon, Mar 14, 2011 09:58:00 AM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini knows of at least one team interested in signing free agent DE Vernon Gholston if he's willing to accept the league minimum.

Later the same article, Cimini points out rumors that the Patriots were "hot" for Gholston leading up to the 2008 draft. It's hard to imagine that remains the case. Gholston's best chance of success is as a base end in a 4-3 scheme.
Sun, Mar 6, 2011 04:13:00 PM

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