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Bucs to cut ties with Seferian-Jenkins following DUI arrest

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The Bucs have informed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins of their plans to release him followiing his arrest for misdemeanor driving under the influence in Tampa early Friday morning.

Seferian-Jenkins, 23, a co-starter and second-round pick from Washington in 2014,  will be subject to the waiver claim system once he is officially released.

A few hours after posting $750 bond, Seferian-Jenkins tweeted "Thank you TB, next chapter.'

Seferian-Jenkins was stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol at 3:42 a.m. Friday and was booked at the Orient Road Jail at 6:24 a.m., charged with misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction from a previous arrest for DUI in Washington in 2013. Less than two hours after he was released from jail, a little more than 48 hours before the Bucs home opener against the Rams, Seferian-Jenkins learned of his dismissal from the team. 

According to the FHP, Seferian-Jenkins was driving at 75-80 mph in a 55 mph zone as he entered southbound I-275 near State Road 60. He made an improper lane change, cutting off an FHP trooper and "weaving back and forth."

The arrest report states that Seferian-Jenkins was observed to have glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol and was "agitated," with slurred speech and leaning on objects for balance. He "performed poorly" on field sobriety tests and declined to provide a breath sample to measure his blood-alcohol level.

The arrest wasn't the sole reason for the Bucs' decision to part ways with Seferian-Jenkins. He was kicked out of a voluntary workout by coach Dirk Koetter in June for 'not knowing what he was doing.'

Seferian-Jenkins was among the last players to earn a roster spot in training camp and played 56 snaps in the final preseason game. In the end, the Bucs felt he was unreliable both on and off the field.

The Bucs already were short one tight end with the injury to Luke Stocker. Tampa Bay did promote Alan Cross from the practice squad.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins steps into a waiting car after posting bail Friday morning after his DUI arrest.

[GREG AUMAN | Times]

Austin Seferian-Jenkins steps into a waiting car after posting bail Friday morning after his DUI arrest.

[Last modified: Friday, September 23, 2016 3:37pm]

    

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