Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested Friday morning in Florida and charged with driving under the influence. It is not the first time he’s been arrested for a DUI, having been charged with the same infraction back in 2013 when he was playing for the University of Washington.
Seferian-Jenkins saw his production go way down for the Huskies in the season following his arrest (though he had more touchdowns, he had nearly half as many catches and yards) but his clear physical gifts made him a second round pick by the Bucs in 2014. But Seferian-Jenkins has struggled to remain healthy as an NFL player, missing half of a possible 32 starts over his first two seasons.
He had 42 catches for 559 yards between 2014-2015 and the team had basically turned to former undrafted free agent Cameron Brate as their number one tight end headed into this season. However, Seferian-Jenkins did catch a 30-yard touchdown in a Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Still, Brate has more targets, catches, and yards than ASJ through two games. The latest off-field infraction will not help Seferian-Jenkins get back on the first team and his time with Tampa Bay may yet come to a close faster than any of them had hoped.
He is still under his rookie contract through 2017 for now.
Update: The Bucs have released Seferian-Jenkins.