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Vern's a ghost; Taylor wants to return

Vernon Gholston was an All-State offensive lineman while

Vernon Gholston was an All-State offensive lineman while playing high school football in Detroit. Credit: Pat Orr

Vernon Gholston is officially no longer a Jet.

The underachieving defensive end/linebacker has been released, the team just announced, completing a move that's been expected for days -- if not weeks and months. The Jets also announced they've released tight end Ben Hartsock.

Gholston, the sixth overall pick in 2008, could easily be dubbed as the Jets' biggest draft bust in the franchise's history. He failed to record a single sack in his three seasons, combining for a mere 42 tackles, and was also inactive for all three playoff games during their postseason push in January.

Hartsock is primarily a blocking tight end and was due to pocket a base salary of $1.6 million in 2011. That's a pretty good piece of change for somebody who is so one-dimensional, and the Jets evidently felt they couldn't justify paying a player who mostly is utilized as a run blocker and doesn't have much of a role in their passing attack.

There's always the chance the Jets could attempt to re-sign Hartsock at a lower number, though that most likely wouldn't take place until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached and the team has a better idea of the NFL's financial landscape and what players would be available.


Jason Taylor isn't ready to call it a career.

Speaking to reporters before a golf event in South Florida today, Taylor said he hopes to possibly play another season or two and only wants to do it in one place: The Big Apple.

“I want to play in New York for sure,” said the 36-year-old linebacker, who was officially released yesterday. “I told Rex [Ryan] yesterday, if I’m going to play, I want to play with the Jets. I had a fantastic time up there. A great team, a good young QB who’s going to continue to grow up and become more and more of a pro quarterback. Had a great time, came up a little short …

"If they’ll have me, I think I would enjoy doing it again.”

Taylor was set to earn a base salary of $2.25 million in 2011, but also had a $10 million roster bonus due just days into the new league year. So he was aware of the happenings.

“They made a business move they had to make,” Taylor said. “I totally respect it and understand it. The beauty is we had communication and conversation throughout. We knew what was going on.”

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