After watching tight end Ladarius Green leave via free agency to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chargers were thin when it comes to quality bodies at the position.

Although they have first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Antonio Gates, unknown commodities like Asante Cleveland, Sean McGrath and Tim Semisch round out the depth chart.

That was until Monday.

The team announced that it has signed former New York Jet Jeff Cumberland.

Entering his seventh NFL season, Cumberland began 2015 as the Jets’ starting tight end. As the season progressed, the 28-year-old was relegated to the bench.

Although the six-year veteran is not an overwhelming force as a receiver, he has managed to haul in 86 receptions for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns since coming into the league in 2010.

Despite the signing of Cumberland, the Bolts may not be done adding to the tight end group. It should not surprise anyone if the team looks to select a player to add to the position in the upcoming draft.

Though the tight end draft class leaves a lot to be desired in the form of an instant-impact player, there are some players who could learn a lot from a player the caliber of Gates.

Cumberland currently looks to be the club’s second-string option for the time being.


Booga Peters


2 Responses to Chargers sign veteran tight end

  • Ken says:

    Are you kidding me???? Six years in the league and he has less than one catch a game, less than twelve yards a game, 1.6 touchdowns a year, and you are happy about that??? No wonder the team was 4 and 12 last year. With letting good players leave, keeping an offensive front line that plays on roller skates and signing players like this, I hate to think what the record will be next year!

  • Anonymous says:

    Head scratching decisions. It makes you wonder what in the world is this team thinking. Do they even expect to improve at all with a guy like that? Just some more trash to sweep out the door before the season starts. Wishing TT the best in the draft. Need some quality players who can stay healthy.

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