Dolphins awarded TE/FB Evan Rodriguez on waivers from Bears
If Evan Rodriguez had gone unclaimed on waivers, then he would have become a restricted free agent, although the move was not likely to affect the Chicago Bears’ salary cap situation. The Chicago Bears parted ways with Evan Rodriguez 11 days after his second arrest in three months.
Evan Rodriguez was initially arrested at Miami Beach, Florida, in March for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication after a car in which he was a passenger, was involved in a traffic incident. However, those charges were eventually dropped.
The 24-year-old Evan Rodriguez’ most recent brush with the cops came on May 31, when he was arrested by Illinois State Police for driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane change. According to a police source, Evan Rodriguez registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.17, more than twice the legal limit.
Following his second arrest this offseason, Evan Rodriguez issued an apology through the team. But after giving the recent incidents a through look, the Chicago Bears determined they had seen enough signs of trouble from their 2012 fourth-round pick. So, they got creative and signed Tony Fiammetta to replace Evan Rodriguez. Tony Fiammetta gives the Chicago Bears offense a true fullback, whereas Evan Rodriguez was more of an H-back. But the Chicago Bears believe Tony Fiammetta also has some receiving ability. Plus, they gave undrafted free agent Willie Carter a look at minicamp today.
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman was asked if Evan Rodriguez would still be with the team in training camp if it weren’t for his most recent arrest.
“It's all about what's best for our football team on multiple levels. We feel we've made very good decisions moving in the direction of a fullback who could give us more on special teams,” said Marc Trestman, “and give us a little more flexibility with some of the things that we're going to be doing.”
As a rookie, Evan Rodriguez appeared in 12 games making five starts, while catching four passes for 21 yards in 2012.
The Miami Dolphins already have four fullbacks and four tight ends on their roster, after waiving fullback Rupert Bryan to make roster room for Evan Rodriguez. The Miami Dolphins also gave Rutgers fullback Ryan D’Imperio a tryout at minicamp today. However, it’s still not know how the Miami Dolphins plan on utilizing Evan Rodriguez, after he played at tight end last season and took reps as a fullback during OTAs as well as voluntary minicamp with the Chicago Bears in the offseason.
Anyhow, the Miami Dolphins will be getting a talented and possibly motivated player, who will be a low-risk signing and easy to part with if he proves lacking in either area.