Chargers bring back Jeff Cumberland, make other roster moves
By Travis Wakeman
Tight end Jeff Cumberland is back in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Chargers re-signed the tight end after making multiple roster moves.
Cumberland has spent the last two offseasons with the Chargers, but has never played in a game for the team. After being signed to a one-year contract in 2016, he tore his ACL in the team’s second preseason game. The Chargers decided to bring him back this year, but he was cut prior to the start of the season in favor of Sean McGrath and Sean Culkin.
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Cumberland spent six seasons as a member of the New York Jets, catching 86 passes for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns. His experience should be welcomed in Los Angeles, where aside from Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates, the team has gotten just one other reception out of a tight end.
It’s off that the Chargers want to have five tight ends on the roster, but Cumberland is much more athletic than either McGrath or Culkin and looked great in the summer of 2016 before his injury.
The Chargers also officially activated linebacker Denzel Perryman from injured reserve. To make room on the roster, the team parted ways with linebacker Josh Keyes and reserve offensive lineman Tyler Marz.
The team made one final move by signing offensive lineman Cole Toner, who was most recently with the New England Patriots. He was a fifth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2016 after playing his college ball at Harvard.
The 6’6″, 306-pound Toner will join the Chargers’ practice squad. He takes the place of former third-round pick Max Tuerk, who was recently plucked off the practice squad by the Cardinals.