The New York Jets made a bold decision when they re-signed tight end Jeff Cumberland to a new contract, keeping him around for the long haul. Agreeing to a new three-year deal, Cumberland can now rest easy knowing he doesn’t have to enter the NFL free agency looking for a new home.
It’s a good direction the Jets decided to venture into since if they would utilize the tight end formation as much as other teams in the NFL, it could be the difference between winning and losing. Now the question is, how much will the Jets invest into bringing in a top free agent tight end to compliment Cumberland?
So far in free agency, the top three tight ends looking for new destinations are Brandon Pettigrew, Scott Chandler and Jermichael Finley. Out of those three players, the Jets have already reached out to Pettigrew. One can only imagine the dynamic duo that would be created if he was teamed up with Cumberland. Pettigrew is known for being an exceptional overall player while Cumberland is known for being a solid yards-after-catch kind of player.
Keep in mind Cumberland was the second-best player last season in the NFL with the most yards after catch at 6.35 per reception. Pettigrew is one of the best when it comes to blocking on rushing plays, which is perfect considering the Jets’ style of ground-and-pound football.
They would compliment each other extremely well and together, the two would finally give the Jets a viable offensive scheme with dual tight end formations, something the Jets haven’t had in quite some time.