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Jets to release tight end Jeff Cumberland, sources say

New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (85)

New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (85) pulls in a pass past Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 27, 2015. Credit: Lee S. Weissman

The Jets are moving on from Jeff Cumberland.

Sources confirmed to Newsday that the team plans to release the veteran tight end when the league year officially starts at 4 p.m.

It was an expected move that saves the Jets $1.9 million in salary-cap space.

Though Cumberland was their starting tight end in recent years, his production and blocking ability left much to be desired.

Last season he caught five passes (on 14 targets) for 77 yards and no touchdowns.

“It was a fun 6 years w/ the Jets & my teammates,” Cumberland wrote on Twitter. “Thank u to the organization for the opportunity. Appreciate #JetsNation for your support.”

During his Jets tenure, Cumberland caught 86 passes for 1,119 yards and 10 TDs.

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