The rebuilding Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be down to two Tight Ends, with little game experience, suiting up for Sunday’s home opener against the Los Angeles Rams. The 2014 second round draft pick, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 23, arrested for the misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence was in violation of a previous violating a previous DUI infraction. In addition, he violated a court mandated Ignition Interlock Device restriction. Taken into custody. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was booked into the Orient Road Jail shortly after 6.00 am.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Seferian-Jenkins drove 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, as he entered the southbound lanes of Interstate 275 in Tampa, at 3.24 am, on Friday morning, September 23rd, 2016. Seferian-Jenkins posted a $750 bond and released at 12.13pm. He refused to answer reporter’s questions about his arrest.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter acknowledged he was aware of Seferian-Jenkins situation and the Buccaneer’s decision to release him. “We are very disappointed in today’s news,” commented Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “After careful consideration, we felt this was the right decision at this time.”
Driving at approximately 80 mph, according to the Florida Highway Patrol report, Seferian-Jenkins entered southbound Interstate 275 in a 55 mph zone, making an illegal lane change, weaving back and forth. The arresting officer noted in the incident report that “Seferian-Jenkins glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol and was “agitated,” with slurred speech and leaning on objects for balance”. Seferian-Jenkins refused to consent to a field sobriety test to determine his blood-alcohol content. This isn’t the first time Seferian-Jenkins has had a DUI problem. In 2013, Seferian-Jenkins plead guilty to driving under the influence while enrolled at the University of Washington.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a 2014 second round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was in his third season as a Tight End. He caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Quarterback James Winston in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. With the release of Seferian-Jenkins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted Tight End Alan Cross from the practice squad.