The Jets' Vernon Gholston Needed One Sack To Earn $9 Million... And Never Got It

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Former first-round draft pick Vernon Gholston was cut by the New York Jets this week after three years of not living up to his potential.How big a bust has Gholston been? Well, Adam Schefter reminded everyone today that Gholston had a clause built into his contract (before the 2010 season) that would award him a $9 million bonus if he simply recorded one sack. Or caused a fumble. Or a recovered a fumble. Or caught an interception.

In 45 NFL games, he did none of those things. Zero. They even moved him from linebacker to defensive end and tried to devise schemes specifically to help him out. Nothing.

He did get a sack in a 2009 preseason game, which prompted coach Rex Ryan to say, ”It was the first of many.” Unfortunately, the best he could do was 16 total tackles in three seasons.

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