Saturday, March 8, 2014

Jets lock up tight end Cumberland for three years


Tight end Jeff Cumberland wasn't an absolute need for the New York Jets, but he was more help than hurt.

Gang Green saw him as a pre-free agency priority and re-signed the 26-year-old to a three-year contract Friday, per multiple media outlets.

Cumberland spent a majority of the last four seasons more or less backing up Dustin Keller and Kellen Winslow, though thanks to injury and suspensions of teammates, he started 24 games and tallied 58 receptions for 795 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Jets are high on Cumberland, though the team is expected to bring in at least one veteran tight end to compete in camp while taking another early in the draft. At least, that's what the plan should be.

Meanwhile, Zach Sudfeld, who the Jets scooped up off waivers from the New England Patriots early last season, is still on the roster.

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