On Monday, the Bears made five cuts to get down to the NFL mandatory limit of 80. Among those cuts was defensive end Vernon Gholston. Gholston was trying to take advantage of a fresh start with a new team after being cut by the New York Jets in March. He was their first round draft pick, 6th overall, in 2008. In three seasons with the Jets, he recorded no sacks and 16 tackles in 45 games, only 5 of them starts.
Gholston hoped to show the Jets that they made a mistake in releasing him, but in 3 preseason games, he recorded only one assist.
While in camp Gholston ripped the Jets and in particular their head coach, Rex Ryan. “Teams are always looking for talent, and to say I don’t have talent is a far stretch,” Gholston said. “It’s all about getting a fair shot and time in the system. With the Jets, it was constant position change and coaching change. There was no stability. I never really had that with the Jets.”
Now that he has been cut by the Bears, will he mount an attack on Lovie Smith as well? Gholston has had two golden opportunities to be a member of a stellar defense, and failed both times. At some point he must look in the mirror and admit that maybe he has not worked as hard as he needed to make those defenses.
The Bears also released defensive tackle Tank Tyler, quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, center J.C. Brignone and linebacker Tanner Antle. Tyler was a fourth year player while the other three were undrafted rookie free agents. They need to cut 23 more players by Saturday to reach the 53-man limit.