The cuts might just start rolling in. Jeff Cumberland announced on Instagram that he has been released by the Jets. Everyone knows the Jets desperately need a tight end but everyone also knows they don't need a Jeff Cumberland.
"Thanks for the six-year opportunity with the Jets," Cumberland said on Instagram. "Time to take my talents elsewhere..."
Cumberland was just never able to put it all together to turn into a consistent player and because of this the Jets, again in desperate need of a tight end, decided they needed an extra $1.9 million in cap space more than they needed a Jeff Cumberland.
The release of Cumberland brings the Jets available cap space up to $8.4 million but, of course, that number will continue to fluctuate between other cuts and new signings. For example the signing of Matt Forte and release of Jeremy Kerley.
The Jets will have to search the bargain bin of the free agent pool to find a new tight end — and it's not a particularly good pool — or hope to find one in the draft. They will certainly hope Jace Amaro recovers well from his injury and is able to contribute effectively but they can't count on it so one way or another they will have to find another tight end and they feel confident whoever that person is he'll be better than Cumberland.
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