Austin Seferian-Jenkins' once-promising career with the Buccaneers is already over. After little more than two seasons in Tampa Bay, he's on his way out.
On Friday afternoon, hours after news broke of Seferian-Jenkins' DUI earlier that morning, the Buccaneers cut the tight end loose.
"We are very disappointed in today's news," said general manager Jason Licht in the announcement. "After careful consideration, we felt this was the right decision at this time."
Seferian-Jenkins used Twitter to say his goodbyes.
Thank you TB! Next chapter— Austin Seferian J (@Aesj88) September 23, 2016
Excited for the opportunity to go out and play the game I love! Just wanna thank my mom and sister for sticking by my side! This season 4 u!— Austin Seferian J (@Aesj88) September 11, 2016
In his Bucs career, Seferian-Jenkins caught just 45 passes for 603 yards and seven touchdowns. Despite his lack of consistent production, he stuck around due to his potential. At 6-foot-6, Seferian-Jenkins featured the kind of size that made general managers dream of owning their own version of Gronk, which is why he was drafted in the second round.
In the Buccaneers' Week 1 win, Seferian-Jenkins briefly gave the Buccaneers a reason to believe that he was ready to finally cash in on his potential.
Ridiculous TD grab by @Aesj88.— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 11, 2016
The @Jaboowins toss wasn't bad either.#TBvsATLhttps://t.co/UKiE1ZT28V
Yet his off-the-field issues persisted. Seferian-Jenkins already had a DUI when he played for the Washington Huskies in college. Over the summer, he was kicked out of practice by coach Dirk Koetter.
According to The Tampa Bay Times, Seferian-Jenkins was pulled over at 6 a.m. ET Friday by the Florida Highway Patrol. He was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence.
And so, the Buccaneers finally decided they were done. Now, they'll rely on tight ends Cameron Brate and Luke Stocker.
If Seferian-Jenkins latches onto another team, he could face punishment from the NFL.
If convicted, Austin Seferian-Jenkins could face 8 games suspension without pay as a second-time DUI offender— Kellie Cowan (@KellieCowan) September 23, 2016