Epic Jets, Bears Bust Vernon Gholston Should Retire, Never Play in NFL Again

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Epic Jets, Bears Bust Vernon Gholston Should Retire, Never Play in NFL Again
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The Chicago Bears' Vernon Gholston experiment has ended, with the 2008 draft bust again without a team to call home.

The team made the announcement earlier today that the defensive end was one of the players cut in order to get the roster down to 80 men.

The cut comes none too soon for the team. The Bears are known for their hard-hitting, extremely physical defense, and it's no secret that Gholston doesn't fit in with that mold.

For anyone who had any doubts as to whether Gholston was a bust, those doubts are now answered by the fact that he could not even manage to make it to the regular season for the Bears before losing his roster spot.

Prior to coming to Chicago, Gholston spent three seasons with the New York Jets where he racked up a disappointing 24 solo tackles and zero sacks, despite million-dollar contract escalators that would have taken effect upon making a single sack.

He arrived in Chicago as a bust, but now leaves it as an untouchable player, nothing more than a chiseled-physique "Workout Warrior" who can't—or won't—put in the same effort on the playing field as he does on his body.

I would be shocked if another team gives him a contract and brings him onto their squad for the regular season—nay, shocked and disappointed. Gholston clearly has nothing to offer any team that would have him, nor does he appear to care about being of benefit to any team.

If one good thing is to be said about his time in Chicago, it's that he instantly makes the Bears defense better by simply not being on the roster any longer.

If Gholston has one strength, one thing he's good at, it is in not playing football. He should take that to heart and retire, for the sake of the game, and for the sake of every defensive player in the league who would have given so much for the opportunities he has squandered.

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