Chargers Sign Jeff Cumberland

7:04pm: The Chargers formally announced the deal.

6:10pm: The Chargers are expected to sign tight end Jeff Cumberland, Adam Caplan of tweets. Cumberland also drew interest from the Patriots before signing with San Diego. "<strong

Cumberland, 29 in May, was released by the Jets prior to the start of free agency in an effort to free up cap space. As a vested veteran, Cumberland immediately became a free agent upon his release and did not have to go through waivers. The tight end caught a total of 78 passes for the Jets from 2012 to 2014, starting 38 games for the team during that stretch and racking up 10 touchdowns. However, he saw his number called a whole lot less in 2015, as Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t use his tight ends much. Cumberland had just five receptions on 14 targets in 2015.

Now, Cumberland will likely serve as a run-blocking complement to star tight end Antonio Gates. The Chargers currently have five tight ends under contract with Gates, Cumberland, Sean McGrath, Tim Semisch, and Asante Cleveland.

In other Chargers news, the Bolts and the city of San Diego are reportedly butting heads over where the team’s new stadium should be situated.

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