The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made the decision yesterday to cut tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins after they found out he had been arrested for driving under the influence earlier in the morning on the same day.
The 23-year-old had been widely unimpressive since being drafted by the NFC South side in the second round of the 2014 draft, having a low production rate and a strong injury history. He never managed to play a full season with Tampa Bay.
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter made the decision to end his time with the team, meaning Cameron Brate will likely take over the starting tight end position this weekend when they play against the Los Angeles Rams.
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Seferian-Jenkins sent out a tweet on his Twitter account after he was released by the Buccaneers thanking them, saying: "Thank you TB! Next chapter."
While some NFL fans were sympathetic towards the tight end after what he had been through during his time in the league so far, others were not, and they ripped into him for the decision he made on Friday, making references to what he should have done instead of driving while under the influence.
You never want to see anyone in hard times, but Seferian-Jenkins only has himself to blame for being in this situation. Many fans still believe in the tight end and they have faith he can bounce back and still be a success in the league, but he must now make the first step towards that outcome.