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By PFW staff

The Jets have released OLB Vernon Gholston and TE Ben Hartsock, clearing more salary cap on the eve of the expected lockout.

Gholston, the sixth pick of the 2008 draft, is considered one of the biggest busts in team history. During his three years in New York, the former Ohio State star had zero sacks and no fumbles forced. He started only five games in his career.

Hartsock was the team's second tight end who was almost exclusively used as a blocker. In his two years with the team, he caught two passes, including a touchdown in 2009.

The way we see it

Last week at the NFL Scouting Combine, GM Mike Tannenbaum praised Gholston's work ethic and effort but admitted that the on-field production hasn't been there for such a high draft pick. Hartsock, who played behind starting TE Dustin Keller, may be brought back whenever a new CBA is agreed upon, though likely for less than the $1.6 million he was set to be paid in 2011.

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