TMZ: Bucs WR Jaydon Mickens Receives 2 Criminal Charges from March Arrest

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJuly 17, 2021

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 07: Jaydon Mickens (85) of the Bucs warms up before the Super Bowl LV game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Jaydon Mickens faces two misdemeanor charges in California for allegedly carrying a loaded firearm in his car illegally on March 5 in Los Angeles.

TMZ Sports reported Saturday that Mickens, who was arrested after the gun was found following an initial stop on suspicion of having window tint that was too dark, has now been formally charged, with each count carrying a maximum of a one-year jail sentence.

Mickens was released from custody on $35,000 bail after the March arrest, and Bucs general manager Jason Licht confirmed the team was "aware" of the situation at the time, per Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times.

"He reached out to let us know about the situation soon after it happened, and we have been in contact with the league office to ensure they were aware," Licht said. "We will continue to monitor the situation but will have no further comment at this time."

Mickens, an L.A. native, hasn't publicly commented on the situation.

The 27-year-old University of Washington product started his NFL career with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He also made brief stops with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers before landing with the Buccaneers in December 2019.

Mickens made a limited impact within the Bucs' star-studded offense in 2020, recording seven catches for 58 yards across 10 appearances, but he served as the team's chief kick and punt returner. He handled all 15 of the team's returns during their playoff run to the Super Bowl LV title in February.

The receiver is scheduled to play the 2021 campaign on a one-year, $920,000 contract.

Tampa Bay will open training camp July 24 before kicking off its title defense September 9 when it welcomes the Dallas Cowboys to Raymond James Stadium.