Bears part ways with FB Evan Rodriguez, replace with veteran Tony Fiammetta
Evan Rodriguez was initially arrested in Miami Beach, Fla., in March for disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer without violence after a car he was a in which he was a passenger was involved in a traffic accident. Those charges were eventually dropped but Evan Rodriguez found himself in trouble with the law again, for the second time in three months. Evan Rodriguez was arrested on May 31 by Illinois State Police for DUI, speeding and improper lane usage. During the incident, Evan Rodrigues registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit.
Following the DUI arrest, Evan Rodriguez released an apology through the team, acknowledging he made a “poor decision” that let a lot of people down and promised to “make positive changes” in his life.
"There are a lot of things we have to work through,” said Phil Emery. “All off-the-field incidents are subject to NFL policies and guidelines. We've got to work through these things."
Yet Phil Emery offered some hope about Evan Rodriguez’ future with the team when he said: “we drafted him with roles in mind and we were working toward fulfilling that and will continue to do so."
But Evan Rodriguez was spotted at a bar just 48 hours into his second arrest on DUI charges, which showed a lack of responsibility, and high standards he promised to uphold in a quest to renew himself. So, the Chicago Bears decided Evan Rodriguez had finally run out chances with the team and parted ways with him on Monday.
As a rookie last season, after being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears, Evan Rodriguez played in 12 games with five starts, while making four catches for 21 yards. The Chicago Bears worked Evan Rodriguez at fullback during the voluntary minicamp and OTAs, but he figured to play somewhat of a hybrid roles as a tight end and blocker out of the backfield.
The Chicago Bears filled out Evan Rodriguez’s roster spot by signing veteran Tony Fiammetta on Monday. Tony Fiammetta gives the offense a true fullback, whereas Evan Rodriguez was better known for his speed and receiving skills in the open field. The 6-foot, 250-pound Tony Fiammetta spent last year with the New England Patriots, although he did not appear in a single regular season game. Before that, Tony Fiammetta spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys rushing for four yards on four attempts, and catching three passes for 39 yards in 2011. The Syracuse product Tony Fiammetta was originally signed in the fourth-round of the 2009 NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers, with whom he previously spent two seasons.