"To say I don't have talent is a far stretch."
That's what Vernon Gholston had to say after the Giants' 41-13 drubbing of the Bears last week.
Well, apparently, the Bears thought different. A week after the former Jet critcized his ex-coach, Rex Ryan, for not giving him a fair chance in Florham Park, Gholston was one of five players released by the Bears Monday.
Drafted sixth overall by the Jets in 2008, Gholston was released in March after failing to record a sack in three seasons. He appeared in three preseason games with the Bears.
After last week's preseason game between the Giants and Bears, Gholston expressed his frustrations during his tenure with the Jets.
"Being a first-round pick, you would have hoped for more [of a chance]," he told reporters. "Rex made a comment to me when he first came in that he thought I wasn't liked by the guys on the team, then once he got there he saw that wasn't the case. Those perceptions kind of determine the outcome, and it's sad to say.
"Teams are always looking for talent, and to say I don't have talent is a far stretch. 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."