Report: Jets consider second-round tender for Jeff Cumberland

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In recent years, there has been scant little action in restricted free agency, and excitement could be lacking once again unless a team decides to make a big offer for Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz or Chargers wideout Danario Alexander.

Nevertheless, restricted free agency isn’t without its interesting moments. Here’s one: According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have given thought to tendering RFA tight end Jeff Cumberland at a second-round level.

Cumberland, who turns 26 in May, showed some promise in 2010, setting career highs in catches (29), yards (359) and touchdowns (three). Should the Jets extend him a second-round tender, he will receive a one-year, $2.023 million contract offer, according to figures reported by NFL Network’s Albert Breer in January.

A second-round tender would effectively keep Cumberland off the market; it’s hard to see any team giving up that high of a pick for him. In short, it would somewhat insure the Jets from the potential loss of UFA tight end Dustin Keller, who figures to draw some interest if he hits the market.

Were the Jets to exercise their right-of-first-refusal on Cumberland, it would save them $700,000, per Breer’s figures, but it would potentially open the door to a club making a play for the tight end. Cumberland went undrafted out of Illinois in 2010, so only the first- and second-round pick tenders would ensure the Jets any compensation were they to decline to match an offer sheet.

Such are the decisions teams have to make in restricted free agency. That’s usually what passes for excitement.

7 responses to “Report: Jets consider second-round tender for Jeff Cumberland

  1. I could see if they wanted a chicken tender in exchange but a 2nd rounder is ridiculous.

  2. Only the Jets would commit $2 million to a TE that had a career high 29 passes caught two seasons ago.

    For crying out loud, those $2 million will be Rob Gronkowski’s and Aaron Hernandez base salaries for 2013 combined…

  3. Keller’s injuries have made him a liabilty, this is a good move. Cumberland showed promise and is a much better blocker than Keller.

  4. LOL, just rebuild the jets, nobody will give them a 2nd rounder for a back up TE from the jets, child please!!!!

  5. Keller’s gone, so the safeguard is to cap Cumberland’s salary and protect from a bad draft pick at Tight End.

    I’m hoping, Revis trade yields 1st and 2nd round picks. Let’s be real, Jets are rebuilding with lot’s of holes and no cap space. Therefore, draft the best player available. There’s plenty of OLB’s and OG’s in 1st, 2nd rounds. So what, if Jets don’t have a QB prospect with 1st round draft grade (as per Terry Bradway interview). We can draft elite QB in ’14. Meantime, there’s plenty of skill players available in middle rounds.

  6. It wasn’t two years ago. It was last year. Two years ago he only played 1 game. In 2011 he played 3 games, then tore his achilles tendon. Those stats are from 2012.

  7. They’re putting that tender on him specifically so no one signs him on the cheap – they need to have at least one tight end on the roster heading into the draft. Clearly the Jets don’t expect anyone to sign him and give up a second round pick. Blind Jets hate.

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