LB/DE Vernon Gholston, arguably the biggest bust in the Jets' history, has been released by the Gang Green. Gholston, 24, was selected at #6 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft and expected to become the dominant pass-rusher that the Jets had not had since they traded DE John Abraham to the Falcons. It didn't take long, however, to realize that Gholston just wasn't the player the Jets hoped he would be. Despite being a projected started in the 2008 season, Gholston did not start a single game and recorded just 13 tackles (8 solo). The following two seasons weren't much better, as Vernon still hasn't registered a single sack in the NFL.
Also, the Jets released TE Ben Hartsock, who was going to make $1.6M in 2011 -- too much for mostly a blocking tight end. Hartsock, an 8-year veteran, joined the Jets 2009 and played in 32 regular season games where he caught 2 passes for 9 yards.