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Zach Sudfeld Re-Signs with Jets: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

New York Jets tight end Zach Sudfeld (44) catches a pass during warm-ups before an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 1, 2017

The New York Jets kept a piece of their passing attack Thursday by re-signing tight end Zach Sudfeld.

His agent, Jason Bernstein, offered his congratulations on Twitter, and Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media confirmed Bernstein was Sudfeld’s agent.

Sudfeld’s numbers certainly don’t jump off the page. He tallied five catches for 63 yards in 11 games in 2013 and then hauled in five catches again in 2014 for 85 yards. He has never found the end zone and missed the entire 2015 campaign.

According to the Associated Press, via Fox Sports, the Jets placed Sudfeld on the season-ending injured reserve before the 2015 season started. Sudfeld had to clear waivers before that happened because he was waived/injured after tearing his ACL during minicamp.

While the catch totals are not impressive for the tight end, the Associated Press piece did point out he led the Jets with 20 kick-coverage tackles during the 2014 season.

Sudfeld’s re-signing comes after the Jets released tight end Jeff Cumberland Wednesday, per Rich Cimini of Cumberland was set to make $1.9 million in 2016, and the move gave the Jets some salary-cap relief.

However, Cimini said tight end was a need for the Jets following Cumberland’s release. Kellen Davis is a free agent, and Jace Amaro is coming back from shoulder surgery.

Sudfeld is also a question mark since he tore his ACL and required surgery, but he at least gives the Jets some depth at a position of need. What’s more, he proved himself on the kickoff-coverage team once and could do so again if given the opportunity.

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