TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived tight end Austin-Seferian Jenkins on Friday, hours after the third-year pro was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round draft pick out of the University of Washington in 2014, was driving between 75 and 80 mph on Interstate 275 when the football player’s vehicle cut in front in front of a trooper’s cruiser and began weaving back and forth.
Sgt. Steve Gaskins said Seferian-Jenkins was charged with DUI and violation of an ignition interlock device restriction from an arrest in Washington in 2013. The player refused a breath test at the Hillsborough County Jail.
“We are very disappointed in today’s news,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “After careful consideration, we felt this was the right decision at this time.”
The move was announced about two hours after practice, which Seferian-Jenkins did not attend.
Coach Dirk Koetter was unavailable comment on the decision. Earlier, he said the team was still gathering information on the arrest, which occurred shortly before 4 a.m.
“By the time we found out, we were into meetings this morning and we’ve been on the practice field,” Koetter said, adding he and Licht planned to meet later.
Seferian-Jenkins had three receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown in two games this season. He started 12 of 16 games he appeared in the previous two years and has 45 career receptions for 603 yards and seven TDs.
The Bucs promoted tight end Alan Cross from the practice squad to fill the roster opening.