Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday that comparisons of the team's actions after the arrests of Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Josh Huff are "not apples to apples."
The Bucs placed Seferian-Jenkins, a tight end they drafted in 2014, on waivers Sept. 23, hours after he was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. The arrest report said he smelled of alcohol.
The team signed receiver/kick returner Josh Huff on Monday to its practice squad after the Eagles released him in the wake of his Nov. 1 arrest. A police officer pulled over Huff in New Jersey and said he was speeding. The officer arrested him on charges of driving under the influence, possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana and possession of a 9mm handgun without a permit.
"It's very complex — much more complex than you even know. Much more complex than you know," Koetter said. "There's more to every story than meets the eye. There's more than I'm ever going to say, probably more than the GM's ever going to say. I wouldn't compare them. It's not apples to apples, if I was you. That's just my advice. Take it for what it's worth."
Koetter kicked Seferian-Jenkins out of a workout in June because he "didn't know what he was doing." While at the University of Washington in 2013, Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge.
Since his release, the tight end has played in two games for the New York Jets, catching two passes for 17 yards.
Huff said Monday that he is ready to move on with the Bucs.
"You live and you learn, man," he said. "Obviously, I'm mad I put myself in that situation. But you live and you learn, but I'm excited to be here and excited to get going and get used to my new teammates and players around here and get used to the staff."
In 34 games over three seasons with the Eagles, Huff caught 48 passes for 482 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.
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