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Jets release Jenkins, Gholston, Woody and Taylor

Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 6:50 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets have been expected to release linebacker bust Vernon Gholston at some point, but the report coming out Monday night that they cut Gholston, defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, defensive end Jason Taylor AND right tackle Damien Woody is pretty shocking.

Woody confirmed the news, as first reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, on his Twitter account Monday night.

"Just informed about my release," Woody tweeted. "I want to thank the Jets and all the fans out there ... it was a great ride!"

Gholston, as noted above, is almost expected, because he's been such a tremendous bust since the Jets drafted him sixth overall in 2008.

Taylor provided the Jets with nice defensive depth in 2010, but he's obviously up there in age and a good candidate for retirement. His contract also reportedly called for a $10 million roster bonus, but it's believed he didn't meet the requirements to unlock that.

Jenkins has been unable to make it past October each of the past two seasons and the $3.75 million he's owed (plus roster bonuses) make him a reasonable target to cut.

Gutting Woody from the roster probably hurts the most, but the Jets said they were moving Vladimir Ducasse to right tackle, which makes Woody expendable.

It's worth noting, too, that Mehta added the Jets might be interested in re-signing all four of the guys listed above, if they were willing to take reduced salaries. That's the definition of a Catch-22 situation, as those players probably feel a little burnt by their employer, but also understand that getting a contract is better than not as the NFL heads into uncertain waters with the labor situation.

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Comments

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Jets release Jenkins, Gholston, Woody and Taylor

It has been awhile since the Jets screwed up in the 1st round this bad. The position change was a huge mistake, maybe he turns it around at DE somewhere.




Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Jets release Jenkins, Gholston, Woody and Taylor

I wonder if Gholston could still be a denfensive end in a 4-3 like he was in college. He was a complete trainwreck of an experiment as a 3-4 linebacker but he might be worth a shot.




Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:13 pm
 

Jets release Jenkins, Gholston, Woody and Taylor

This might have been a worse pick than JaMarcus Russell:

JaMarcus’s 3-year TD total: 18

Vernon’s 3-year tackle total: 18

Vernon's 3-year sack total: ZIP



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Jets release Jenkins, Gholston, Woody and Taylor

Interesting news...

I wonder if Damien Woody would come back to New England?  He would instantly plug in the hole at Right Guard/Left Guard left by Logan Mankings inevitably sitting out, Nick Kaczur getting cut (he already refused to cut his salary and will reportedly be cut) and Stephen Neal retiring.  He would effectively start at RG or LG.  Plus, he knows the offense and still has a few years left in the tank.  Once Mankins does return, that would shape up to be a decent line.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Jets release Jenkins, Gholston, Woody and Taylor

Woody is a little shocking, but the rest are routinely injured, pointless, and old so no big loss.



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Jets release Jenkins, Gholston, Woody and Taylor

It'll be interesting to see who picks up Vernon Gholston.  You would hope he's able to do something with his career if someone puts him back at DE.


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