If the New York Jets were hoping to find a quick replacement for the recently departed Dustin Keller, their search will continue for at least a few more days. After flirting with the notion of signing former Washington Redskin Fred Davis, the powerful tight end shunned Gang Green by cancelling his meeting with them in Florham Park. Last week Davis proceeded to re-sign a one-year contract with Washington.
The courtship of Davis revolved around his collegiate career. A former USC Trojan, Davis and incumbent quarterback Mark Sanchez were teammates under Pete Carroll. The two developed a dynamic connection en route to winning the 2008 Rose Bowl. Last year Davis enjoyed career season before an achilles injury sidelined him for the remainder of the 2012 campaign. Davis finished the season with 24 catches for 327 yards.
As of right now the Jets are slated to start veteran Jeff Cumberland, a player who had a fantastic 2012 season. Playing primarily a back-up role, Cumberland reeled in 29 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns. Cumberland established a chemistry with both Sanchez and Greg McElroy and is well-deserving of increased playing time.
The Jets should feel comfortable moving forward with Cumberland. If John Idzik and Rex Ryan decide to look toward free agency for replacements, their tight end options are rapidly depleting. The most serviceable names for tight ends include Chris Cooley who was cut by the Redskins last year but later returned after Davis' injury. Cooley suffered a major setback in terms of his production but remains the Redskins franchise leader in receptions by a tight end. Perhaps a new team would motivate him to return to his dominance. Joining Cooley on the free agent list are Dallas Clark and Kellen Winslow, both of whom were passed up by their former teams in lieu of younger and faster players.