Buzz: Jets in discussions to bring back Jeff Cumberland?

Buried in a New York Daily News article about pass catchers the Jets could be targeting in the first round of the upcoming draft is an interesting nugget on unrestricted free agent tight end Jeff Cumberland:

The Jets are in discussions to bring back unrestricted free agent tight end Jeff Cumberland, whose playing time was curtailed early last season by Kellen Winslow’s presence. The organization is bullish on Cumberland’s ability to take the next step in his fifth season, according to team sources.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

The fact that the Jets are “in discussions with” Cumberland is not really news. I would anticipate that the agents for each of the Jets’ would-be free agents (along with some potential cap casualties) will meet with someone from the Jets to discuss contracts at the scouting combine this week. However, it is interesting to hear that the team is still high on Cumberland, who caught 26 passes last year, recording career highs in receiving yards (398) and touchdowns (4).

The only tight ends currently under contract for next year are Chris Pantale, Zach Sudfeld and the recent futures signing Colin Anderson, so we would anticipate that this is a position the Jets will address even if they do opt to retain Cumberland. Kellen Winslow joins Cumberland as a pending unrestricted free agent, but is perhaps less likely to return given his recent legal issues.




40 comments
marcus81
marcus81

Cumberland is a no.2 or 3 TE, but it's worth to have him a round because of the injuries that happen

bob
bob

I think that Idzak and Rex have assembled really good offensive coaches to add to the experience that's makes them so good . having said that. Look for the Jets to continue to add a very good young nucleus of players to the offense this year. Seems to me Cumberland indeed has an upside.

a57se
a57se

Hey, he has the same measureables as the top TE in this class and he is already acclimated to the game, might as well sign him up.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Good, I thought we needed to get him the ball more.

A bad drop or 2 though.

Good #2 for sure and I doubt he will cost much.

ganggrncap
ganggrncap

Cut this dam bum.  It wont hurt us one bit.


398 rec yard n 4tds....  Looks like Gronks stats thru 2 games....

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Guess I don;t see the potential the Jets do in Cumberland. They're now hoping he'll blossom in his fifth season, but I think he is what he is. There are still holes in his game and it tells us all something that the Jets played an injured vet like Winslow over him. So sign him for cheap, but don;t expect more than what we've seen in the past. I would prefer someone at the TE position with game breaking potential and solid blocking techniques in our future.

hazard2012
hazard2012

Cumberland might make a nice #2 TE, but doesn't have nearly the play-making skills or potential of say an Ebron, Amaro or even Seferian-Jenkins in this year's draft.    Jets need 'dangerous' weapons, and Cumberland is merely competent.  


Resign him to a reasonable deal as a #2.   Otherwise, let him walk.  Either way, use that first round pick to get a play-making TE in the first round.      

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

saturday starting at 9 in the morning offensive linemen and tightends at the combine 

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

out of 26 receprions he had 4 tds thats pretty good...if he gets resigned hopefully in his and genos 2nd year together both those numbers will go up 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

It's tricky with Cumby. He was showing real signs of progressing and has some good speed, but with a rookie QB learning on the job and a dearth of playmakers, could Cumby take off when Geno gets to the next level and with some other weapons who will open him up more?

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

Uh oh this most certainly put a quash on a TE at 18.

Kyle Suta
Kyle Suta

Eh, at least he showed good chemistry with Geno last season. It better not be for more than 1 mil per season. I guess the jets will draft a TE anyway in the 1st or 2nd round so at least won't be starting.

rstysanchz
rstysanchz

cumberland teamed up with sudfield and crocket gilmore wouldnt be too bad...seem like geno was comfortable with cumby in the beginning of the year and the end of the year...not sure why during smiths horrid stretch not so much... was it smith playing poor or cumberland not getting open?? 

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

At the combine FAcy unofficially starts. While the tampering policy is in effect, they say teams still talk to one another on their free agents. They both can talk about their own FAs but not approach the other concerning the opposites FAs and that is where it gets murky. To sum up this mess I have just made, lol, FAcy covertly starts tomorrow.

harold
harold

As a #2 he is a solid player.  Still need to draft someone to start IMO.

One30Three
One30Three

@Brian_Bassett IMO needs to be a show me what you got deal, hasn't developed any consistency catching the ball nor blocking at the LOS

Pat d
Pat d

You are kidding right

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Well all I know is Cumby proved he can play in the NFL...these others guys yet to have. Cumby won't cost much, I say bring him back

Pat d
Pat d

Crumby is part of that dearth of play makers

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100  Newsflash - it started ages ago.

arc34
arc34

@harold  ....or FA or pick one in third or fourth round....never pick a TE in first round, never a good play.

harold
harold

Agree, 100%,  He has improved to be a decent player.  But if he is your starter you are in trouble.

TRauch21
TRauch21

@One30Three dead on with this Brian. Then again wasn't this year a "show me" season?

Pat d
Pat d

Ebron will be better in his rookie year than Cumby is after 5 years

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@levi @johnnyl65  Okay say the Jets resign Cumby and pay him what I expect to be in the 3.5 m. price range. That's not #2 money. I wouldn't expect a first rd pick that's not expected to be the #1. We shall see.

Pat d
Pat d

If Evans and Lee are gone at 18 but Ebron is there it would be smart to pick a TE in the first. How cool would it be to have a Jimmy Graham type player.

joemustgo
joemustgo

Johnny Mitchell, Kyle Brady, Anthony Becht, Dustin Keller. Yes, I see a definite pattern here.

a57se
a57se

@harold  

You don't think MM can game plan around the TE if we improve other areas of the offense?