Jeff Cumberland, Jets agree to deal

Jeff Cumberland participates in OTAs at the Atlantic Jeff Cumberland participates in OTAs at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. (May 22, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

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The Jets will spend much of this offseason beefing up the offensive side of their roster. And they took a step toward that goal by signing tight end Jeff Cumberland, the team announced Saturday morning.

Cumberland's deal is for three years, according to a league source.

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After years of being a backup to ex-teammate Dustin Keller, Cumberland had his best season in 2013, catching 26 passes for 398 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He began last season as the No. 2 to free-agent signee Kellen Winslow. But it's clear the Jets are expecting Cumberland, 26, to make a dramatic leap starting in Year 5.

Cumberland was set to become a free agent at Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline -- the official start of free agency.

Winslow, 30, is set to become an unrestricted free agent, while fellow tight end Konrad Reuland will be a restricted free agent. It's widely assumed the Jets will not re-sign Winslow, but the team also has Zach Sudfeld, Chris Pantale and Colin Anderson (reserve/future) on the roster. The Jets still are expected to scope out other tight ends.

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