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Jets release longtime TE Jeff Cumberland to save $1.9 million

Tight end Jeff Cumberland, who went from starter to spare part last season, was released Wednesday by the New York Jets in a long-anticipated move.

Cumberland was due to make $1.9 million in the final year of the three-year contract. The entire $1.9 million comes off the books, giving the Jets much-needed cap relief. It should put them about $8.5 million under the cap.

It was a six-year run with the Jets for Cumberland, who made the team as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He became a starter in 2012, a position he held into last season. As the season progressed, his role vanished, as he was passed on the depth chart by Kellen Davis. Clearly, Cumberland never endeared himself to offensive coordinator Chan Gailey. He played only 258 offensive snaps (23 percent).

Tight end was a huge need before Cumberland's ouster. Davis is a free agent, the unproven Jace Amaro is returning from shoulder surgery and Zach Sudfeld is a restricted free agent. Sudfeld is rebounding from major knee surgery.

In six seasons, Cumberland produced 86 catches, 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns.