Posted by Will Brinson
Vernon Gholston, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 draft, has been a bit of a disappointment for the Jets so far in his career. In fact, he's yet to record a career sack.
And GM Mike Tannenbaum was asked during a recent wrap-up conference call whether Gholston was going to hang around for the long run.
"Certainly, he’s been given his fair share of opportunities," Tannenbaum said per the New Jersey Star-Ledger. "It could be time to move on, but obviously we’re not ready to say that yet."
Tannenbaum also pointed to the improved play of cornerback Drew Coleman, who eventually took hold of the nickleback spot for the Jets. Gholston saw no such late improvement -- he was eventually moved from outside linebacker to defensive end, where he didn't see much more success.
"Not playing toward the end, obviously, is something we’re going to take a long look at and see if there’s a role that makes sense for him," Tannenbaum said. "If there is, obviously we’ll keep him, and if not, we’ll move on."
The Jets did plan ahead for this though -- because Gholston made more in 2010 (the not-quite, but still-kind-of "all-in" season for New York), he's less of a financial liability for the team should the team decide to bail on their first-round investment from 2008. If a better edge pass rusher emerges in this year's draft, that's entirely feasible scenario.
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