New York Jets: Retaining Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow Would Help Passing Game
Time has flown by as another NFL offseason is quickly approaching. Teams must perform the all important task of acquiring talent, and this is especially true for teams who failed to qualify for playoff action. Landing big names in free agency represents a common practice. Before spending sprees can begin, however, general managers first have to look in house. Re-signing those already under contract brings another challenge; season statistics, player health and scheme fit are all factors when deciding who to keep.
The New York Jets represent one team that is not too far from returning to playoff contention. Fewer turnovers from their QB, along with explosive receivers, would bring them even closer to a postseason return next year. Santonio Holmes is likely gone, even though he might be the Jets’ best wide out. Another starter must arrive as well to help Jeremy Kerley. In spots during 2013, the tight end became strength. Jeff Cumberland and Kellen Winslow provided glimpses of brilliant play, and both will soon see their contracts expire.
Cumberland has come on strong these last two seasons. In 2012, when then starter Dustin Keller went down, he registered 29 catches and three touchdowns. Though not spectacular numbers, this production was good from a backup. He surpassed that with four touchdowns this year. Winslow enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence in New York; his 31 receptions were a great improvement from his single reception in 2012. If healthy, he remains dangerous in the passing game. I understand the temptation of bringing in a rookie, but these two can produce.
Wide receiver needs to be taken care of, so bringing these two back for reasonable deals makes this team better.