Austin Seferian-Jenkins released by Buccaneers after DUI charge

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TheTampa Bay Buccaneers have released tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins after he was arrested early Friday on DUI charges.

The Buccaneers confirmed the release Friday afternoon. Seferian-Jenkins sent a tweet at 1:59pm Friday saying "Thank you TB! Next chapter."

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“We are very disappointed in today’s news,” said General Manager Jason Licht. “After careful consideration, we felt this was the right decision at this time.”

Seferian-Jenkins was stopped by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper just after 4 a.m. in Tampa. 

Officials said Seferian-Jenkins was stopped after entering southbound I-275 near SR-60 and traveling at 75-80 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone. 

Trooper Tabarie Sullivan said Seferian-Jenkins made an improper lane change, cutting him off, and was weaving back and forth.

He was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and booked into jail. Troopers said he refused a breath test once at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and booked into jail. Troopers said he refused a breath test once at the Hillsborough County Jail. (HCSO)

Seferian-Jenkins is also facing a second count of violation of misdemeanor charge of violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction from a 2013 DUI while he was at the University of Washington. 

A 2nd-round draft pick for the Bucs in 2014, Seferian-Jenkins caught a touchdown pass in the Bucs season-opening win at Atlanta. 

The Bucs play their home opener Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against the Los Angeles Rams. 

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September 23, 2016 |

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