By claiming Sudfeld, the Jets absorb the balance of his contract.
The undrafted free agent was a standout during offseason workouts and training camp for the Patriots, shining in a preseason game against the Buccaneers as he worked to cement a roster spot.
He struggled out of the gate during the regular season, however, failing to catch a pass in Week 1 and dropping a throw that led to an interception. He was inactive during Week 2 due to a hamstring injury, and played a limited role in the following weeks.
The Patriots still have three tight ends on their active roster, though it is unclear if Rob Gronkowski, listed as questionable on the injury report, will play this Sunday.
Had Sudfeld cleared waivers, he would have been a logical choice to re-sign to the practice squad.