Austin Seferian-Jenkins claimed by Jets after DUI arrest, release

ByRich Cimini ESPN logo
Monday, September 26, 2016

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets claimed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins off waivers Monday, just three days after he was arrested on a DUI charge in Tampa, Florida.

Seferian-Jenkins was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, the same day as the arrest. He also had a 2013 DUI arrest in Washington while in college.

The Jets have three tight ends on their roster, but none of them have a reception through three games this season; they're the only team without a reception at the position.

Seferian-Jenkins was a second-round pick by the Bucs in 2014. He has 45 career catches for 603 yards and 7 touchdowns. He had only three catches this season before his release.

Jets officials weren't immediately available to comment on the acquisition. By rule, Seferian-Jenkins is subject to league discipline.

Seferian-Jenkins, 23, was stopped at 3:42 a.m. last Friday for speeding and driving erratically, according to the Florida Highway Patrol arrest report. He was clocked at 75-80 mph in a 55 mph zone. In addition to the DUI, he was charged with a violation of an ignition interlock device restriction, stemming from his previous arrest.

He was released later Friday on $750 bail. He refused a breathalyzer test at the Hillsborough County Jail.

The Jets will have to release a player to make room for Seferian-Jenkins.