Rams sign DE Vernon Gholston, former top-10 pick
The St. Louis Rams brought in DEs Vernon Gholston and Andre Carter for workouts this week, and on Wednesday announced that they had agreed to terms with Gholston.
Gholston, still just 26, was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft, by the New York Jets, and is considered one of the bigger busts in recent draft history. He was a classic workout warrior (at 6’3″, 266 pounds, he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash and had a 41-inch vertical) and never produced during his three seasons in the Big Apple, tallying zero sacks while shuttling between outside linebacker and defensive end. He signed last summer with the Chicago Bears but was cut before the regular season.
The Rams have Chris Long, James Hall and Robert Quinn as their top three DEs but obviously want more help for their second unit. Carter is coming off a quadriceps injury that ended his 2011 season with the New England Patriots.