TAMPA – On the long list of the bone-headed things you could possibly think Buccaneers tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins capable of, getting nabbed for DUI has to be near the top.
Seferian-Jenkins was, after all, caught for driving under the influence once before, back in 2013, when he was a rising prospect at the University of Washington.
Well, Seferian-Jenkins was caught and charged with DUI again on Friday morning, this time after he was stopped just before 4 a.m. while driving between 75 and 80 mph in a 55-mph zone of I-275 in Tampa.
And he has already paid the price for it. Forget about one- or two-game suspensions. That’ll be for someone else to deal with after ASJ was released by the Bucs around 2:30 Friday afternoon.
The Bucs didn’t not immediately comment on the release, but while ASJ was still sitting in jail around noon on Friday, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter did address the matter. Sort of.
”Obviously there was a situation that we became aware of this morning and we just don’t know all the details yet,’’ Koetter said. “By the time we found out we were into meetings this morning and I’ve been on the practice field. Right now, I don’t have all the information. (General manager) Jason (Licht) and I will meet together this afternoon and whatever is going to happen will be forthcoming.’’
We now know that decision was to sever all ties.
Later in the afternoon the Bucs released a statement on their decision to release Seferian-Jenkins. “We are very disappointed in today’s news,” said Licht. “After careful consideration, we felt this was the right decision at this time.”
The truth of the matter, though, is that ASJ has just cemented himself in an ever-growing fraternity of blockheads who seem to get second, third and fourth chances based solely on their talent skill. This means likely Sefarian-Jenkins will get another shot in a new location, once he clears waivers and soon.
Think about it, no matter how much Aqib Talib, LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell keep screwing up, they keep playing. Same goes for Josh Gordon. So really, why should ASJ be treated any different?
He probably won’t be. His talent is too great to be ignored so sooner rather than later, he will probably be picked up by another team in need of a tight end and given another chance.
As for the Bucs, they’ve have washed their hands of him and timing really couldn’t be much worse. After all, they’re already down one starting tight end, what with Luke Stocker nursing an ankle sprain. Now they’re down two.
So, Tampa Bay moved quickly Friday afternoon to promote Alan Cross, who is a rookie free agent that has been with the club all preseason, from their practice squad, as a healthy tight end option for the Sunday home opener.