According to Adam Caplan, Jets tight end and restricted free agent Jeff Cumberland has signed his one year tender.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com
Cumberland had 29 receptions for 359 yards and 3 TDs (tied for the team lead, oy) in 2012 and with Dustin Keller being injured much of the season, Cumberland started 12 games. Cumberland was the 31st ranked tight end in the league according to Pro Football Focus and is the internal candidate to be a starter for the Jets in 2013. The big concern in his game comes in his run blocking, if Cumberland could make strides in that area, it might help his status. Unfortunately, there wasn’t vast improvement in that area as the season progressed last year so it’s hard to anticipate what gains he could make this year and the Jets seem to be trying to consider some other options. Cumberland was a Mike Tannenbaum project and Idzik doesn’t seem to be as beholden to him as Tannenbaum did.
Still, Cumberland will likely have the opportunity to increase his role in the 2013 offense, but the team’s obvious interest in adding a free-agent tight end would lead one to believe that they are also keeping their options open. The Jets have already demonstrated some level of interest in free agents like Fred Davis and Kellen Davis, whom have signed with other teams. Tony Pauline has stated that the Jets are very interested in Zach Ertz as a potential second rounder, so they might be open to adding some offensive talent in the draft as well.