Rams sign Vernon Gholston

NFL reporter
Posted Aug 22, 2012
Aaron Wilson


The St. Louis Rams are kicking the tires on former New York Jets first-round bust Vernon Gholston. Gholston last played with the Chicago Bears during the preseason last year, but didn't make the final roster cut. He tried out for the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans last year.

With zero sacks in 48 games, Gholston said last year that Jets coach Rex Ryan never believed in him and didn't give him a fair chance.

"I heard how he was perceiving me before the draft, before he knew me, and I was the same way, I wasn't hoping for him to be first coach of the Jets when I was there, either," Gholston told the New York Post.

"Being a first-round pick, you would have hoped for more. 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."

Gholston didn't succeed with the Jets or during a brief stint with the Chicago Bears. The former Ohio State star has been unproductive ever since entering the league as the sixth overall pick of the draft.

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