The Chargers will sign Cumberland to a contract this week, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. The Chargers already have four tight ends on the roster, suggesting that Cumberland's addition may be a byproduct of one of those other options at the position dealing with a yet-to-be-disclosed injury. Whether that's in fact the case or not, Cumberland will still be buried on the depth chart and is unlikely to see an abundance of snaps on offense. Cumberland last appeared in the league with the Jets in 2015, hauling in five of 14 targets for 77 yards and no scores.
Cumberland was released by the Chargers on Saturday, Ricky Henne of the team's official site reports. The fact Cumberland wasn't released with an injury settlement suggests he's past the hamstring injury that bothered him last week. As a vested veteran, he's immediately eligible to sign with another team.
Cumberland did not practice Wednesday due to a hamstring issue, Eric Williams of ESPN reports. Coming off an Achilles tear, Cumberland has been slowed down so far during training camp due to leg soreness. It appears he now has a hamstring issue as a result of adjusting for the injury. The veteran tight end is currently slotted fourth on the depth chart, so a return to the practice field will significantly help his chances of making the final roster.
Cumberland (leg) will not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Seahawks, Eric D. Williams of ESPN reports. Cumberland missed Friday's practice due to leg soreness and it appears that ailment is extending into this next week of practice. The Chargers will likely remain cautious with the tight end, especially since he is coming off an Achilles tear. Cumberland is expected to enter the season as No. 3 on the depth chart at best behind both Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates.
Cumberland missed Friday's practice due to leg soreness, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports. Cumberland has been one the stars of training camp thus far, routinely using his speed to fly by mismatched linebackers. That being said, the veteran TE figures to see only a small amount of playing time, with Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates and Sean McGrath (knee) listed above him on the depth chart. It's unclear whether Cumberland will participate in Sunday's preseason game against the Seahawks, but more information should come in the following days.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||Kansas City Chiefs||12||6.06|
|3||09/23||@Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|4||09/30||San Francisco 49ers||18||6.75|
|15||12/14||@Kansas City Chiefs||12||6.06|
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