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Bucs release tight end Seferian-Jenkins after DUI arrest (w/ video)

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a 2014 draft pick, got one of the last roster spots out of camp.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, a 2014 draft pick, got one of the last roster spots out of camp.
Published Sep. 24, 2016

TAMPA — Austin Seferian-Jenkins was about to be let off with a warning after a traffic stop early Friday on Interstate 275 before the tight end started rambling about scoring touchdowns and handing the football to police officers.

That's when a Florida Highway Patrol officer smelled alcohol and began conducting a field sobriety test.

"I just want to go home to my quarterback's house for a meeting," Seferian-Jenkins is heard saying on a dash cam video. "We'll watch American Horror Stories, Episode 2."

Seferian-Jenkins, 23, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and was placed on waivers by the Bucs after he posted $750 bond and was released from the Orient Road Jail in Tampa.

Bucs players and coaches were in meetings Friday morning when they learned of Seferian-Jenkins' arrest.

"We are very disappointed in today's news," general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. "After careful consideration, we felt (releasing him) was the right decision at this time."

Seferian-Jenkins wrote on Twitter, "Thank you TB, next chapter."

Seferian-Jenkins was stopped by a FHP officer at 3:42 a.m. Friday going south on I-275 near State Road 60 by WestShore Plaza after he made an improper lane change, cutting off the officer, and was "weaving back and forth," the patrol said in a statement.

Moments after the stop, the officer was going to let him off with a warning. Then he started talking.

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

Seferian-Jenkins was booked into jail at 6:24 a.m. and also charged with violating an ignition interlock device restriction from a DUI arrest in Washington in 2013.

The arrest likely wasn't the sole reason for the Bucs' decision to part ways with Seferian-Jenkins. The 2014 second-round draft pick from Washington 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 believed he was unreliable on and off the field.

The Bucs already were short one tight end with the injury to Luke Stocker for Sunday's home opener against the Rams. They promoted rookie tight end Alan Cross from the practice squad to replace Seferian-Jenkins.