Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released tight end Jerramy Stevens, one day after he was benched following an arrest on felony drug charges.
Stevens was arrested Saturday night and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the Tampa police, Stevens' vehicle was stopped for loud music and an officer smelled marijuana as he approached. A search of the vehicle produced 38 grams of marijuana and Stevens was taken into custody without incident.
Stevens served a one-game suspension in 2007 after a March arrest in Arizona on a DUI charge and possession of marijuana. He also missed the first two games of the 2008 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
The 30-year-old Washington native appeared in five games for the Bucs this season and had three catches for 43 yards.
Stevens started eight of his 16 games last season and hauled in 15 balls for 130 yards. He was in his fourth year with Buccaneers after spending his first five NFL seasons with Seattle, and has 202 career receptions for 2,217 yards and 22 touchdowns.
The Bucs filled the roster spot by promoting tight end Ryan Purvis from the practice squad. Purvis spent a majority of last season on the club's practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent from Boston College.
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