In the wake of his second DUI arrest since 2013, the Buccaneers have cut tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, per a team announcement. To take Seferian-Jenkins’ roster spot, the Bucs have promoted fellow tight end Alan Cross from their practice squad.
Seferian-Jenkins brought an end to his short and disappointing Tampa Bay tenure Friday with a 4 a.m. ET arrest. The 23-year-old is now facing two misdemeanor charges – one for DUI and another for violating the Ignition Interlock Device restriction from his prior arrest, which came while he was attending the University of Washington.
Despite his previous run-in with the law, the Buccaneers chose Seferian-Jenkins in the second round of the 2014 draft, picking him 38th overall. Seferian-Jenkins was unable to live up to that selection in Tampa Bay, where he battled injuries and posted underwhelming production. The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder appeared in just 16 total games in his first two seasons and made 12 starts, combining for 42 receptions on 77 targets to go with 559 yards and six touchdowns. Seferian-Jenkins registered three catches, 44 yards and a score in the Buccaneers’ first two games this year, but he didn’t start in either contest.
Given his youth and draft pedigree, someone could claim Seferian-Jenkins on waivers, though his legal troubles cloud the picture. Regardless of what lies ahead for him, Tampa Bay will move on at tight end with Cameron Brate, Luke Stocker, Brandon Myers and Cross.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times first reported that the Buccaneers would cut Seferian-Jenkins. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.