You’re probably asking yourself why I used a picture of Jeff Cumberland throwing the first pitch out at a San Diego Padres game for a story about Jeff Cumberland re-signing with the Los Angeles Chargers, and the answer is pretty simple....
Jeff Cumberland never actually played for the Chargers. After signing with the team on April 4th, and expecting to battle for the team’s #2 Tight End position behind Antonio Gates (before the team drafted Hunter Henry), all Cumberland was able to do with the Chargers was play a bit in a couple of preseason games before suffering an Achilles injury that would keep him out the rest of the year.
That being said, Cumberland was the team’s most forward face in Los Angeles after announcing that they would be moving north to StubHub Center. It would’ve been awkward if they didn’t bring him back. So, yesterday, they did:
We've re-signed TE @jcumberland87 to a one-year deal.— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) April 12, 2017
INFO: https://t.co/heh7npekn7 pic.twitter.com/xtiIdYPyyI
Good for Jeff Cumberland, who very obviously wanted to be a part of the Los Angeles Chargers. No word on if he’ll be paid as much this year and he was last year, but he definitely won’t have a chance to be anything more than the third Tight End on the depth chart.