TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from the team Friday afternoon after his DUI arrest.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers have arrested Seferian-Jenkins on a charge of DUI. An FHP spokesperson said tight end Seferian-Jenkins was arrested on Friday morning.
He was stopped entering Interstate 275 near SR 60. FHP investigators say he was traveling between 75 and 80 mph in a 50 mph zone, he was weaving back and forth and he conducted an improper lane change.
Seferian-Jenkins was charged with DUI and a violation of an ID restriction, which stemmed from a 2013 arrest in Washington. He bonded out of jail soon after noon.
Tampa bay Buccaneers Head Coach Dirk Koetter said at his Friday press conference:
“Obviously there was a situation that we became aware of this morning and we just don’t know all the details yet. By the time we found out, we were into meetings this morning and we’ve been on the practice field, so right now we don’t have all the information. We’re aware of it, [General Manager] Jason [Licht] and I will be getting together this afternoon and whatever’s going to happen will be forthcoming.”
The team announced Seferian-Jenkins’ release Friday afternoon.
The team provided the following statement:
“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has waived tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Seferian-Jenkins played in two games for Tampa Bay this season, catching three passes for 44 yards and one touchdown.
“We are very disappointed in today’s news,” said General Manager Jason Licht. “After careful consideration, we felt this was the right decision at this time.”
The team also announced that tight end Alan Cross has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. Cross, who wears No. 45, has been with Tampa Bay since this past offseason and has been on the team’s practice squad since September 13.”
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