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The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed tight end Jeff Cumberland to a one-year deal, per ESPN’s Eric Williams.
The deal is definitely surprising since Cumberland is coming off a torn Achilles injury from last preseason and has not been a good football player for over three years.
This is also the Chargers’ sixth tight end on the roster.
Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 42.2 and 52.6 in his last two seasons (2014 and 2015) and he only caught five passes in the 15 games he played in 2015.
Los Angeles has a crowded tight end room with future hall of fame TE Antonio Gates and promising TE Hunter Henry. There is a good chance that Cumberland does not make the team come opening day.
We will update everyone on the details of the contract when they are released.
Below is the Chargers’ official statement on Cumberland.
The Los Angeles Chargers re-signed tight end Jeff Cumberland to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.
The 6-4, 260-pound eighth-year player out of Illinois is looking to bounce back after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury during the Chargers’ second preseason game in 2016.
“Cumberland originally signed with the Chargers in 2016 after spending his first six NFL seasons with the New York Jets where he played in 65 career games, catching 86 passes for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns.”
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