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.
San Diego, which still has Antonio Gates at tight end, lost Ladarius Green to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason.
No one expected the Jets to bring back Cumberland solely based on his usage last season under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, so this news is in no way dismaying for the Jets. Cumberland has proven effective at times over his career with the Jets, and backing up Gates is a job that might not earn Cumberland much playing time (or targets), but could be pivotal for the Chargers should an injury occur to Gates. Cumberland's versatility might be something that the Chargers could use, but seemed to have no inclination in years past, considering how they used Green when Gates was active last season.