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New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. (Kevin Jairaj/USA Today Sports Images)

Former New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland is expected to sign with the San Diego Chargers on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Cumberland, 28, had just five catches for 77 yards without a score in 15 games for the Jets last season. He posted on Twitter to announce he was joining the Chargers. It is a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

He had spent his entire six-year career with New York, with whom he totaled 86 catches for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

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Jermaine Gresham (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)
Jermaine Gresham (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Jets visited with tight end Jermaine Gresham on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Gresham, who also visited with the Chicago Bears, recorded 18 catches for 223 yards and one touchdown last season with the Arizona Cardinals. Before that, he spent five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Gresham, 27, has missed just seven games in his career since he was a first-round pick in 2010.

The Jets released tight end Jeff Cumberland on Wednesday.

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New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (85) reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 30-8. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (85) reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. The Jets won, 30-8. (Vincent Carchietta)

The Jets have released tight end Jeff Cumberland, according to his Instagram account.

"Thanks for the 6 year [sic] opportunity with the Jets," Cumberland wrote on Instagram. "Time to take my talents elsewhere."

Last season, Cumberland had five receptions for 77 yards.

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With the news a few weeks ago that the 2016 NFL salary cap would be $155 million, it appears there might be a little extra room in the budget this season now that the Jets have cut Antonio Cromartie.

While the Jets might be modest players in free agency, they still have three big hurdles to clear before they can offer any contracts to prospective free agents. First, they need to come to terms with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Second, they need to either sign or franchise Muhammad Wilkerson. Third, they have some more cap cleanup moves yet to come, be that restructuring D'Brickashaw Ferguson, cutting Breno Giacomini and/or clearing out a few other players like Jeremy Kerley and Jeff Cumberland.

How should the Jets spend the extra cap space? Here's some suggestions, and feel free to add your own in the comments.

Tags: Antonio Cromartie, Breno Giacomini, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jeff Cumberland, Muhammad Wilkerson, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Bassett
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New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)
New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland reaches for a pass against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USATSI)

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at each position on the New York Jets roster and seeking your input on who you think should stay and who you think should go. Up next, the Jets' tight ends.

Overview: One of the most interesting departures from previous iterations of the Jets offense was the almost willful neglect of the tight end position in the passing game. In 2015, Jets tight ends Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Davis were targeted a total of 25 times (14 and 11, respectively) compared to 107 targets for tight ends Jace Amaro (53), Cumberland (47) and Zach Sudfeld (seven) just a year ago. It's true Amaro was shut down for the season due to a preseason shoulder injury, but would his presence have been the missing piece in the offense?

Expected to Return (4)

Tags: Jace Amaro, Jeff Cumberland, Kellen Davis, Wes Saxton, Zach Sudfeld, Brian Bassett
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brandon Marshall continues to exceed expectations following another 125-yard performance on six catches. While over half of those yards and his lone touchdown came on a shocking coverage breakdown, Marshall took advantage with great speed down the sideline and a tightrope act inside the 10-yard line.

Perhaps his most impressive play saw him catch a pass in the flat on third-and-10 and stiff-arm the defender in the open field to get to the marker. The Jets ran the same kind of play unsuccessfully a few times in the loss to the Bills last month. I guess this is how it was supposed to work.

Of course, Marshall seemed to be banged-up at that time. He totaled 12 catches for 114 yards in the three games that ended with that Bills game. He has averaged nine for 129 since then, a total of 387 yards over those three games.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Jeff Cumberland, Jeremy Kerley, Kellen Davis, Quincy Enunwa
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New York Jets kicker Randy Bullock (8) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Jets kicker Randy Bullock (8) kicks a field goal against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

While most of the attention will justifiably go towards the coverage breakdown that led to the 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by Dwayne Harris, that was only one of several special teams breakdowns that could have cost the Jets the game.

However, ironically, it proved to be special teams that won the game for the Jets (or, at least, lost it for the Giants) with Randy Bullock's field goal in overtime being followed up by a Josh Brown miss - his first of the season.

On that punt return, the first problem was that Ryan Quigley out-kicked his coverage. Three of Quigley's other four punts went out of bounds - perhaps by design - while the other was just a 30-yard net after another decent return on a kick near the sideline.

Tags: Bilal Powell, Devin Smith, Dexter McDougle, Jamari Lattimore, Jeff Cumberland, Jeremy Kerley, Kellen Davis, Quincy Enunwa, Rontez Miles, Ryan Quigley, Trevor Reilly
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 (Bill Kostroun)
(Bill Kostroun)

With Brandon Marshall less than 100% and not putting up his regular big numbers, Ryan Fitzpatrick had to spread the ball around a bit more this week.

Eric Decker led the way with six catches for 79 yards but five of those came in the first half. The Jets two longest plays of the game, accounting for just over half of Fitzpatrick's second half yardage, came from two unlikely sources: tight end Jeff Cumberland and recent addition Kenbrell Thompkins.

The defense essentially ignored Cumberland on his 44-yard catch and run - and why wouldn't they? After all, he had been averaging less than five yards per game to that point. Maybe this whole time it's just been a long con and they spent half a season setting up that play by never looking for him. As for Thompkins, he got a step down the middle against a middle linebacker in a Tampa-2 type look and hauled in a nice diving catch over the top.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Devin Smith, Eric Decker, Jeff Cumberland, Jeremy Kerley, Kellen Davis
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In case you were actually having fun on Friday night, here's some of what took place on the eve of the negotiation period last night during free agency:

  • The Jets might be interested in Jermichael Finley. ?Add talent wherever you can! [TheJetsBlog]
  • The Jets are definitely interested in Jeff Cumberland, who was re-signed to a three year deal. Continuity with upside. [TheJetsBlog]
  • Henne re-signed in Jacksonville. ?Take the Jaguars off the table as a landing spot for Vick. [ESPN]
  • DeMarcus Ware was asked by the cash strapped Cowboys to take a cut ... ah, but will he? [RapSheet]
  • Saints WR Lance Moore is being released, in addition to RB Darren Sproles. Guess Brees will have only one target in New Orleans ... [NFL & ESPN]
Tags: Chad Henne, free agency, Jeff Cumberland, Jermichael Finley, jets, Michael Vick, NYJets, Brian Bassett

Kellen Winslow was back at Florham Park yesterday after the team made room for him on the roster, and he answered questions about his suspension for failing a drug test. ?Darryl Slater wrote about Winslow's return for the Star-Ledger.

Winslow said his suspension stemmed from an allergy medication, though confusion remains as to the exact substance that triggered the violation.

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Here's a list of some of the injuries that Jets players sustained last night or were factors/concerns during the way the game played out ...?

LB David Harris -- While Harris has a "sprain" of his ankle, he told reporters after the game it wasn't anything serious. ?The Jets will likely rest Harris as much as they can between now and the home opener in two weeks.

TE Dustin Keller -- While he suffered a non-contact injury, Dustin Keller returned to the sidelines in with a large wrap on his leg and didn't see more time in the game. ?Rex told the media that he didn't think the injury was serious.

Tags: david harris, D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Dustin Keller, Jeff Cumberland, News, Nick Bellore, Editorial Aside, Reports, Stephen Hill, Brian Bassett
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