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The hammer came down quick and swift.

After being arrested in the early morning hours by Florida Highway Patrol for DUI, the Buccaneers wasted little time in cutting  tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins on Friday afternoon.

The talented, mercurial second-round pick in the 2014 draft was arrested around 4:00 a.m. on suspicion of driving while under the influence. The arrest, which was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times, took place near the State Road 60, I-275 interchange as he was traveling at speeds between 75-80 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone.

Seferian-Jenkins refused a breathalyzer test, but performed poorly on the field sobriety test, and that, combined with “glassy eyes” and the “smell of alcohol” was enough for the officer to arrest him on suspicion of DUI after he was “weaving back and forth” and made an “improper lane change,” according to the arrest record.

According to the Times, Seferian-Jenkins also faces a misdemeanor charge of violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction from a previous arrest for DUI in Washington in 2013. The former Washington Husky pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2013 while attending college. He was arrested in March of 2013.

Seferian-Jenkins has underachieved since entering the league as Tampa Bay’s second-round pick in 2014. He led the Bucs tight ends in receiving yards last year with 338 yards on 21 touchdowns, while his career-high four touchdowns were tied for the most on the team. Seferian-Jenkins was kicked off the practice field during OTAs this past summer for “not knowing what he was doing,” according to head coach Dirk Koetter. He then proceeded to get in a Twitter war with Bucs fans on social media.

This puts the Bucs in a bind as starter Luke Stocker is expected to miss the game with an ankle injury he suffered last week in Arizona. Tampa Bay has two healthy, eligible tight ends on the active roster in Cameron Brate and Brandon Myers, and have signed Alan Cross from the practice squad to help out on Sunday.

–Mark Cook and Scott Reynolds contributed to this report

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Iowabucfan
5 years ago

He got lucky and didn’t seriously injure somebody. I hope he uses this time to get well.

tpeluso
5 years ago

Kudos to Koetter and Licht for doing the right thing and not being wishy-washy because of ASJ’s talent (whether that meant another chance or trying to get a draft pick). ASJ knew he was on a short rope and still went out and did something incredibly stupid, and a message needed to be sent that this won’t be tolerated any more.

chefboho
5 years ago

What a clown and way to let your fans and team down.

csnuffzp
5 years ago

Next man up! Was really hoping this young man had turned the corner after camp. Just no excuse. Grats to the Bucs on dropping the hammer, gotta set that tone!

Horse
5 years ago

Wow! I’m very surprised he wasn’t given a last chance, but I guess there were other past issues we didn’t know about. Not good for the Scouting program; now we know why he was available in the 2nd round. Meathead, you didn’t do your homework!

bucfury
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

Good point Horse. This is the same loser process the Bucs management keeps doing. ASJ will end up a star in NE with Bellichick, as usual.

DrT1066
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

Horse
Yes
Poor scouting including personality evaluation.
That ‘s why the Bucs are the Bucs!

bucfury
5 years ago

1. These teams have to make some sort of policy to ban drinking at least during the season. So foolish. How can an athlete perform at their peak when they put poison into their body. 2. Great. Now Bill Belichick will pick him him and turn ASJ into a 10 to 15 TD a year winner. You know that’s high probability of happening. How about our boy LaGarret Blount ! love that guy’s style. 3. I’m glad the Bucs got their tails kicked last week. Jameis was totally setup by cardinals coach. He fell for it hard. Tampa gets way… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  bucfury
5 years ago

This is actually an embarrassing rant. Maybe YOU think that way, but don’t speak for everyone. The only emotional “drak” cloud I see in this room is you If the bucs SUCK so bad, pick another team. Or would that just make you the fool rooting for the team that you know SUCKS every year? You’re a Jameis fan and continue with that rant? He was rookie of the year last year , that doesn’t SUCK. He had a bad game last week against a good defense, that doesn’t mean he SUCKS. People like you seem to think that QB’s… Read more »

fredster
5 years ago

I said he was a jackass and he wouldn’t pan out. I was blasted here with people saying oh he’s just immature like lots other players. Ok whatever…..guy is nuts and likely alcoholic too. Immature is least of his issues. Also said Koetter was right in sending his ass home that day in practice while others said he was too harsh. Lol. Needed wake up call. He said all right things after but I wasn’t buying it. So draft next year: WR,TE,DE,safety…what a bummer this year is turning into after such promising start. Losing Martin and Ayers was a kick… Read more »

macabee
5 years ago

Horse,
I thought he might get his head on straight too. I post this only to show what a knucklehead ASJ really was. He was going to get a warning only. Talked himself into a DUI. Normally I am extremely tolerant, but glad this sideshow is over. After that Atlanta catch, I can’t help thinking what could have been. I guess Its a Bucs Life! Next!!! Go Bucs!

http://www.tmz.com/2016/09/23/austin-seferian-footage-dui-dash-cam-footage/

bensez
5 years ago

Idiot!!!!

Garv
5 years ago

That didn’t take long and nor should it have. AJS did this to himself and to his former team. Hopefully the players can move on and concentrate on winning their home opener on Sunday.

fredster
5 years ago

Was surprised he wasn’t given another chance with rehab or something but we likely don’t know all details or how bad his alcohol problem is. Did tell lo Manzel getting another chance….some have to learn hard way.

lightning365
5 years ago

Mark my words. He will wind up with gronk, Brady and bel lichen.

lightning365
5 years ago

Bellichek

EastEndBoy
5 years ago

There’s more to the story here. ASJ has been in the dog house forever, and the team has not let on why. Having at least a DUI is like having a bicycle license for an NFL player these days.

Yes, NE will pick him up if they haven’t already….where yes he will proceed to light up the league…typical.

Is it too early to start recapping Licht’s draft results? is Dom starting to look not so bad….

stlbucsfan
Reply to  EastEndBoy
5 years ago

My thoughts exactly

seat26
5 years ago

Two draft picks down the drain. This is tragic. Such an amazing talent. We had such hopes, and he squandered it. You kinda could feel that something was not right about this guy, but this is really a gut buster.

stlbucsfan
5 years ago

Terrible move by Licht yet again. I’m beginning to think the real problem is the meathead making the calls. 3 players from the 2014 draft class (ASJ, Kadeem Edwards, and Robert Herron), 3 players from the 2015 draft class (Kenny Bell, Kaelin Clay and Joey Iosefa) all NOT on our roster. We don’t need a GM thats right half the time in the draft. He was praised as a film junkie but the results show he’s doing no better than the people putting together mock drafts in fact most of those are actually better. Jason “The Joke” Licht is the… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  stlbucsfan
5 years ago

SO let me get this straight. Outside of ASJ, you list 5 people who were drafted from the 5th round and beyond? You’re kidding right? Get me a list of the 4th, 5th, and 6th round starters that are in the league right now and I’ll take you a little more seriously.

chetthevette
5 years ago

The BUCS seem to be in a free fall right now. ASJ is hurting for sure right now. Hung over and unemployed. The injuries are starting to concern me also. PR talked about depth, I guess we shall see what’s in the cupboard now.
GO BOCS. STILL LOVE YA

seat26
5 years ago

I thought it was nuts that we had 5 TE’s on the Roster. Now it makes perfect sense. Between the 4 picks we spent for Jenkins and Stocker, what have we gotten for them ?

drdneast
5 years ago

Some of you peoples posts indicate what clowns you really are. Bucfury, yours outdid everyone’s. I can’t say for sure, but by the way you went off on so many people, particularly Winston, I might think you were out drinking with ASJ. I disagree with the Bucs cutting ASJ but many teams have had to do the same thing with some notable players because of the same thing. The most notable was Buddy Ryan cutting Chris Carter citing the reason for being, “the only thing he does is catch TD passes.” Ryan took a lot of heat for that but… Read more »

chetthevette
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

As a friend of Bill W I’m with you partner. Hope ASJ gets it. Few do

seat26
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

I hope he gets help too. But I am a fan. I pay to see professional players perform. We have gotten burnt on two TE’s recently. Jenkins the writing was on the wall. But Stocker, is just as bad. Maybe not on a personal level, but in performance. We spent two picks on both of these clowns and neither has been able to stay healthy or show much. Jenkins at least had obvious talent and could have been something. Stocker for the life of me I cannot see why he is still on the Team.

Iowabucfan
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

drdneast, congratulations on your sobriety! I hope ASJ gets help before it gets worst.

russmillerwy
5 years ago

The evidence for DUI is not exactly ironclad and, in any case, he was only being charged with a misdemeanor. I think the Bucs overreacted again, like the way they overreacted with Aqib Talib and LeGarrette Blount. They don’t seem to have a healthy sense of proportion when it comes to deciding who to keep and who to get rid of. Seferian-Jenkins could have been a decisive Factor in many games. Cameron Brate seems like a very ordinary player. It’s one less thing to look forward to this season. It’s hard to separate the words Buccaneers and disappointment.

GoldsonAges
5 years ago

ASJ is not in the same category as Blount and Talib if you ask me.

drdneast
5 years ago

No Goldson, ASJ is not in the same league.
BTW russmillerwy, the Steelers cut him because of his attitude and he was in FA and no one else wanted him because of his attitude.Sii it is only the Bucs who are stupid, huh.
I didn’t like Talib or his attitude but never thought we should have gotten rid of him for the low price we did. But NE obviously didn’t feel he was worth his price either.
No matter how good he is, Talib is still a thug.

russmillerwy
Reply to  drdneast
5 years ago

Regarding Blount, if Bill Belichick is the only coach in the league who thinks you’re good enough to start on his team, that’s still the best endorsement any player can get. Blount had his best season in Tampa, but the Patriots have regularly used him the same way Raheem did to great effect. My opinion of Aqib Talib is that he’s an excellent football player from a dysfunctional family. I’d like to see more coaches and owners take the approach that Vince Lombardi did with Paul Hornung. Discipline him in house, not by giving him away to another team. Top… Read more »

jme0151
5 years ago

BYE!!!

magoobee
5 years ago

Maybe we should stop taking TEs from Washington. Remember Jerramy Stevens.

drdneast
5 years ago

magoobee. Very observant. Now that guy was a real tool. Warren Sapp actually called him a punk. He went on to marry Hope Solo. Talk about water seeking its own level.

pittbullbuc
5 years ago

macabee, always the great poster he is gave the Dash/Cam video that showed ASJ as who (imo) he is…. other people on the Red Board had put it up but I was unable to get them to work. This alone says to me that the front office did what had to be done. Especially being a second DUI. See Ya ASJ and I do hope you get some help!!

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